Mulches

Some articles on mulches:

Xeriscaping - Denver Water Summary
... Organic mulches, such as bark chips, pole peelings or wood grindings, should be applied 2 to 4 inches deep ... Fiber mulches create a web that is more resistant to wind and rain washout ... Inorganic mulches, such as rocks and gravel, should be applied 2 to 3 inches deep ...
Season Extension
... Mulches Any material placed on the soil around plants will help retain heat ... Organic mulches include straw, compost, etc ... Synthetic mulches, typically, plastic sheeting with slits through which plants grow, is used extensively in large-scale vegetable growing ...
Living Mulch - Benefits
... Living mulches can reduce water runoff and erosion, and protect waterways from pollution ... Living mulches have also been shown to increase the population of organisms which are natural enemies of some crop pests ... Living mulches control weeds in two ways ...
Living Mulch - Types
... In the tropics, it is common to seed tree crops with living mulches such as legume covers in oil palm plantations, coconut and rubber (Watson 1989) ... In Mexico, legumes used traditionally as living mulches were tested as nematode and weed suppressors ... The mulches included velvetbean (Mucuna pruriens) jackbean (Canavalia ensiformis), jumbiebean (Leucaena leucocephala) and wild tamarindo (Lysiloma latisiliquum) ...
Living Mulch - Management
... rates were inadequate to suppress all the living mulches ... Therefore, the mulches competed with the main crop for resources ... Living mulches were tested in a no-till corn-production systems with two methods for establishing grass and legume living mulches (grass and legume) between corn rows ...