From Plastic Mulch
Many growers and gardeners seek an alternative to plastic mulch that is environmentally friendly and does not require labor for field removal. Planters Paper offers most of the benefits of black plastic film, and it naturally degrades in the soil. Although it does not stretch like plastic, it does have the strength needed for mechanical installation.
Planters Paper is degradable and does not have to be removed from the field at the end of the season. It contains no harmful ingredients and leaves no harmful residues in the soil. However, the paper can degrade prematurely along the edges if it is secured with a single layer of soil. Because the paper naturally expands when wet and shrinks when dry, it can tear along the edges of the soil line and lift in the wind. To prevent this, secure the edges of the paper with additional soil periodically throughout the season.
Planters Paper is available for professional growers in rolls 4' x 1500' and 4' x 500'.
Advantages of Planters Paper
- Crop response similar to that of black plastic mulch.
- Completely degradable. Till or disk in at end of season.
- Good weed control. Suppresses nutsedge, too.
- Soil moisture retention and nutrient conservation.
- Can be used with drip irrigation.