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Many growers have asked for an alternative to plastic mulch to address environmental concerns and eliminate labor required for field removal. After several years of development and testing, Planters Paper® mulch is now available. It offers most of the benefits of black plastic film, and there’s no need to remove it from the soil at season’s end. Planters Paper® is degradable, contains no harmful ingredients, and leaves no harmful residues in the soil. Although it does not have the elasticity of plastic, it has enough flexibility to hug the soil and provide strength for mechanical installation.
Because Planters Paper naturally breaks down in soil, it has a tendency to prematurely degrade along the edges where it is secured with a layer of soil. Due to expansion when wet and shrinkage when dry, the paper tends to tear along the edges of the soil line. Then the paper is subject to lifting by wind. To prevent this, add soil periodically to the edges of the Planters Paper to secure it.
When Planters Paper is used in limited quantities, the premature degradation can be reduced by the weighting the edges of paper with stones, bricks, etc. This method eliminates the soil along the edges.
Planters Paper is available for the landscape industry as Planters LandscapePaper. Please send us an email for more information.
Advantages of Planters Paper:
Planters Paper is available in rolls 4'x 1500 and 4' x 500''. Retail sizes are 24" x 50' and 4' x l00'.
Crops that are suited for Planters Paper:
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