Mulching Articles

  • Editorial: Talking Turkey

    While pondering a title for this month’s Editorial, the phrase Let’s Talk Turkey popped into my head. Perhaps it is the double entendre, as in I will talk to you about our family recipe for turkey and stuffing. But in this case, I’m going with the meaning of talking turkey that is in the Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears: ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compost Express—How to Make Compost in Half the Time

    Fall is a terrific time for making compost, partly because leaves—which have a way of coming down this time of year—are a fantastic source of soil enriching nutrients. And since you probably plan to remove all those leaves from your lawn anyway, recycling them into your compost pile is a win-win proposition. Since leaves need to break down in order to integrate with the ...


    By DR Power Equipment

  • What is Hydroseeding?

    Hydroseeding is a method that can be used for planting grass for purposes of erosion control, or to grow new lawns entirely; it has been around since the 1950s. It is also an efficient, inexpensive alternative to laying sod in an area where grass or a lawn is desired. Hydroseeding can also be referred to as hydraulic mulch seeding, hydromulching, or hydroseeding. How does it work? ...


    By TurfMaker Corporation

  • Green Industry Worker Shortage? Look to Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School for a possible solution

    It seems like every year there is a shortage of help in the green industry. I hear horror stories of H2B employees being weeks late to show up for work. Typically, they are held up because of incomplete or incorrect paperwork. I hear that many American workers that apply have very little experience or interest in our field, and it can take weeks or even months to train them – only to hope ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Water use efficiency and productivity of habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense Jacq.) based on two transplanting dates

    Habanero pepper production was assessed with drip irrigation and plastic mulch, based on two transplanting dates. The objectives of the study were: (i) to evaluate the effect of two transplanting dates and the use of plastic mulch on water productivity and habanero pepper fruit yield under drip irrigation conditions; and (ii) to determine the profitability and economic viability of the product ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Adsorptive removal of a textile cationic dye from water using tartaric acid modified Bassia longifolia dried leaf mulch

    Adsorption of pollutants on chemically modified agro-waste materials is a suitable alternative of costly methodologies of wastewater treatment. In this work, the dried leaves of Bassia longifolia had been used for removing methylene blue (M.B) dye from textile effluent after chemically modifying them with tartaric acid. All the operational parameters of adsorption were optimised and employed ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Public agencies refine grinding strategies

    From coast to coast, municipal agencies operate yard trimmings composting facilities. In many cases, they are on the front line when storms hit that leave downed trees and branches in their wake, opening their gates to a flow of feedstocks of all shapes and sizes. On the other end of the processing chain, these facilities are refining their capabilities to transform the incoming wood, storm ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • HEM 582 R-Truck - one chipper for all customers

    Lorenz Waldinger relies on the JENZ Chippertruck Forester Lorenz Waldinger is relying on JENZ technology for the second time. His new chipper truck has enabled him to acquire new customers and to improve the economic efficiency of his machine deployment. In 1999 Lorenz Waldinger, from Buchbach in the rural district of Mühldorf, founded a small forestry company. In ...

  • Spain: Mater-Bi mulching films used on extended cotton crops

    Context Mulching film is normally used on vegetable crops. The "cotton" case study in Spain shows that it can also be used on a industrial crop. Country: Spain, Andalusia Crop: cotton Year: 2002, area 10 hectares - Year 2005, area 1500 hectares Sowing: March Harvest: ...


    By Novamont S.p.A

  • Irate Mulch Industry Awaits New Rules on Biomass Subsidy Program

    Mulch producers — angered over a federal government program that has already seriously impacted their industry — are anxiously awaiting new guidelines due out later this year for the Farm Service Agency’s Biomass Crop Assistance Program.   ...

  • Hairy Vetch management for no-till organic corn production

    Rolling-crimping to control hairy vetch (Vicia villosa Roth) may make organic no-till corn (Zea mays L.) possible. This study investigated how rolling-crimping date and growth stage of the cover crop affected hairy vetch control and if a rolled-crimped hairy vetch cover crop could supply weed control for no-till corn. Hairy vetch was planted in late August and was rolled and crimped and planted ...

  • Ten steps to sell more product now

    In today’s economy, buyers are being far more selective about the purchases they are making. Consumers are looking for bargains and shopper-savvy, buying opportunities. And in all candor, the best time to exploit a good purchasing deal is when inventory is backing up, operating budgets have been cut to the bone and the trade balance leans heavily in favor of the demand side of the scale versus ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Landscape mulches prove to be hot topic

    Warnings are being sounded about the flammability and combustibility of various landscape mulches used in areas prone to wildfires, which could lead in the future to a rating system for the ground-covering products. “Unfortunately, some mulches are easily ignited, burn rapidly and represent a threat to homes,” says a study conducted by two researchers from Nevada and California. “There weren’t ...

  • Cover crops and organic mulch to improve tomato yields and soil fertility

    Cover crops and organic mulches (OMs) have been reported as a means to reduce inputs and increase soil quality. A field experiment was conducted to elucidate the effects of summer cover crops and organic compost on winter fresh market tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) yields and quality. Cover crops were sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.), velvetbean (Mucuna pruriens var. utilis), cowpea ...

  • Nitrogen supply for cover crops and effects on peanut grown in succession under a no-till system

    In Brazil, as no-till (NT) crop management expands, there is an increased interest in growing peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) with this system. However, it is not known if the preceding cover crop species, the amount of straw on the soil surface, or the N supplied to the cover crop will affect peanut grown in a NT system. An experiment was conducted on a Typic Haplorthox in Botucatu, São Paulo ...

  • Connecticut company rounds out operation with track-mounted grinder: Saugatuck tree & logging increases productivity and versatility with the latest addition to its growing equipment list

    When it recently undertook a project to clear and excavate for a driveway up a fairly steep hillside, Saugatuck Tree & Logging found the grinding facet of the job one of the most challenging. The lot, owned by the CEO of a major internet travel site, featured sizeable trees — many in excess of 60 inches in diameter — which had to first be downsized, then painstakingly hauled down the hillside ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Western New York form nets big results from smaller machines

    There's little arguing the benefits larger grinders can provide to today's wood recycling professional. Higher throughputs, faster turnarounds, increased volumes, etc., are common for those who 'upsize' their machines. In many processing environments, however, there's an equally compelling case to be made for smaller machines. In such situations, bigger is not necessarily better and, as some ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Nashville firm proves music city is also mulch city

    In the realm of wood waste processors, at first glance there could barely be a less likely candidate to make a contribution to the industry than Tony Emmanuel. Prior to his coming to the U.S. some 20 years ago, the South Africa native had neither seen nor heard of mulch. A fortunate turn of events, however, steered him toward co-ownership of what was, at the time, the by-products division of one ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Company blends landclearing expertise, re-use of materials into successful business

    Broad range of equipment and techniques helps Southwest Florida firm take landclearing to the next level. Landclearing, particularly that in which aesthetic considerations can come to bear, such as clearing for a golf course or housing tract development, is far from the 'cut it all' process which the very name implies. Many successful landclearing professionals have honed the business into ...


    By Morbark, LLC

  • Innovations in Mulch Colorization

    Competition for drier wood sources for boiler fuel has led to increasing use of ground green waste and processed C&D wood streams to make colored mulches. THIS time of year, many landscapes pop out brightly - not just from the blooming flowers, but from the decorative mulches around homes, shopping centers and office buildings. What started as a niche market for mulch producers many years ago has ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

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