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Mulching In Windy Spots – How To Choose A Wind Proof Mulch

Mulching In Windy Spots – How To Choose A Wind Proof Mulch


By: Teo Spengler

Like love, mulch is a many-splendored thing. When layered over soil, mulch can do amazing things like hold in moisture, regulate soil temperature, and provide protection from wind. In windy areas, you need a mulch that won’t blow away. Read on for information about mulching in windy spots, with tips for how to pick a mulch for wind prone gardens.

Choosing Mulch for Windy Areas

Mulch comes in many different varieties. The basic division is between organic and inorganic mulches. Organic mulch, like compost, decomposes into and improves the soil. Inorganic mulch, like pebbles or rock, doesn’t ever decompose.

Ideally, a mulch has many good qualities. It’s great to use a mulch that won’t compact easily, allows water and air to enter the soil, won’t catch on fire, and decomposes slowly. The dream mulch is attractive, prevents weeds from growing, and does not blow away.

You must prioritize, however, since no mulches can do it all. When you are selecting a mulch for windy areas, wind protection tops the list of the qualities you seek in a mulch. What type of mulch won’t blow away?

Inorganic Mulching in Windy Spots

When you live in a windy area, it is likely you need a wind proof mulch, a mulch that doesn’t blow away. Mulching in windy spots can help protect the soil from being blown away, while providing some of the other benefits of mulch.

Heavier mulches are preferred when mulching in windy spots. Mulch like straw or sawdust may disappear in minutes during a strong blow, leaving the ground beneath it unprotected. Pebbles or rock make good mulch for wind prone gardens since they are heavy. They also allow water and air to pass into and out of the soil. On the downside, they are inorganic and will not decompose into the soil.

Organic Wind Proof Mulch

Are there any types of organic wind proof mulch? Large wood chip mulch is a possibility, since chips are heavier than many types of mulch. Ground pine bark makes a good heavy mulch that is even harder for the wind to dislodge.

You can support the wind proof mulch by planting wind barriers on the side of your garden where the prevailing wind blows. Fast growing conifers can really make a dent in the impact of the gusts.

Alternatively, erect a wall or a fence as a wind block. Another option is to water down whatever mulch you use when windy weather is expected.

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Netting and Blankets

A fine-textured mulch like compost or aged manure isn't stable until it settles in a bit with moisture and time. Until it does, it is subject to the whims of wind, water and gravity. To keep a perfectly even layer in place on a smooth slope, spread netting or biodegradable jute blankets over the surface and anchor it thoroughly with landscape pins. The pressure from netting holds the mulch firmly against the soil, while water is able to enter through netting and jute, encouraging mulch to bond with the soil beneath. To capture washed-down dirt particles from above, use a coarse mulch, such as chipped wood, underneath the blanket or net. The porous material slows flowing water and captures the particles of dirt it carries. For a budget solution, use cheap bird netting and anchor it with old wire hangers, cut up and bent into U-shaped staples. Steeper slopes will need more anchors and rocky slopes are not suitable for netting or blankets.


Types of Mulching Film

Selection of Mulch Material

In this article, we will see the types of mulching film and how to choose the right mulch for your crops.

The Mulch Material that is chosen for the farm ought to have certain properties for conveying greatest advantages. Organic mulch can’t be adjusted in its qualities, however inorganic or counterfeit mulch is expected to have certain characteristics. Different environmental variables may require distinctive mulch material to work legitimately. The important parts of mulch material are:

Thickness: Generally thickness of the material has practically no impact of mulching aside from solarisation system. The thickness of the artificial mulch should be 15 – 30 Microns for vegetable crops, 100 – 150 Microns for orchids and 25 Microns for small duration crops.

Width: The film ought to be chosen such that it matches the inter row spacing. The normal width of the film is around 1 or 1.5 m under general growing conditions.

Perforation: unperforated mulch film ought to be chosen for productive water and manure dissemination. To counteract water stagnation around the plants, perforated film is required, yet this may encourage weed development.

Color: the shade of the mulch can influence soil temperature, air temperature around the plants, the salinity of the soil, weed development and incidence of insects.

Testing the mulch film before utilizing it on the farm is very essential because if the film transmits light, then it is not good for the plants. The material ought to be sturdy, air proof and thermal proof. It should always be remembered that what mulch material should be purchased from a reliable source.

Types of mulching film according to the need:

Solarisation – thin, transparent

Weed control with solarisation – transparent

A cropped weed control, sandy soil, saline water use etc., – black film

Seed germination – thinner film

Techniques of Mulching:

The region of the mulch ought to be equivalent to the shade of the plant

The mulch sheet of required size ought to be cut from the primary roll

Prior to the use of the mulch, the territory ought to be cleaned appropriately and weeds should be removed.

The land ought to be worked and watered before utilization of Mulch.

To stay the mulch material appropriately in the territory, making trenches around the zone is useful.

The material is spread around the tree or plant and the ends should be buried into the ground at least 7-10 cm deep or into furrows at an angle 45 degree

Openings at the edges of the sheet can encourage water development

The opening of the mulch should be parallel to the wind direction

The sides of the mulch should be covered with 4-6 inches soil to make the mulch immovable

Mulch has to be laid during non-windy conditions

It should be laid evenly on the soil bed without creases, but should not be very tight so as to facilitate expansion and shrink during various weather and environmental conditions.

Suitable crops for Mulching

It is observed that after mulching good production is obtained in vegetable crops like cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, tomato, brinjal, chillies, okra, potatoes etc., and some orchid crops like pomegranate, lemons, banana, papaya, guava, apricot and grape etc., Care should be taken to apply mulch that it suits the crop needs.

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Selection of Mulch Material

In this article, we will see the types of mulching film and how to choose the right mulch for your crops.

The Mulch Material that is chosen for the farm ought to have certain properties for conveying greatest advantages. Organic mulch can’t be adjusted in its qualities, however inorganic or counterfeit mulch is expected to have certain characteristics. Different environmental variables may require distinctive mulch material to work legitimately. The important parts of mulch material are:

Thickness: Generally thickness of the material has practically no impact of mulching aside from solarisation system. The thickness of the artificial mulch should be 15 – 30 Microns for vegetable crops, 100 – 150 Microns for orchids and 25 Microns for small duration crops.

Width: The film ought to be chosen such that it matches the inter row spacing. The normal width of the film is around 1 or 1.5 m under general growing conditions.

Perforation: unperforated mulch film ought to be chosen for productive water and manure dissemination. To counteract water stagnation around the plants, perforated film is required, yet this may encourage weed development.

Color: the shade of the mulch can influence soil temperature, air temperature around the plants, the salinity of the soil, weed development and incidence of insects.

Testing the mulch film before utilizing it on the farm is very essential because if the film transmits light, then it is not good for the plants. The material ought to be sturdy, air proof and thermal proof. It should always be remembered that what mulch material should be purchased from a reliable source.

Types of mulching film according to the need:

Solarisation – thin, transparent

Weed control with solarisation – transparent

A cropped weed control, sandy soil, saline water use etc., – black film

Seed germination – thinner film

Techniques of Mulching:

The region of the mulch ought to be equivalent to the shade of the plant

The mulch sheet of required size ought to be cut from the primary roll

Prior to the use of the mulch, the territory ought to be cleaned appropriately and weeds should be removed.

The land ought to be worked and watered before utilization of Mulch.

To stay the mulch material appropriately in the territory, making trenches around the zone is useful.

The material is spread around the tree or plant and the ends should be buried into the ground at least 7-10 cm deep or into furrows at an angle 45 degree

Openings at the edges of the sheet can encourage water development

The opening of the mulch should be parallel to the wind direction

The sides of the mulch should be covered with 4-6 inches soil to make the mulch immovable

Mulch has to be laid during non-windy conditions

It should be laid evenly on the soil bed without creases, but should not be very tight so as to facilitate expansion and shrink during various weather and environmental conditions.

Suitable crops for Mulching

It is observed that after mulching good production is obtained in vegetable crops like cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, tomato, brinjal, chillies, okra, potatoes etc., and some orchid crops like pomegranate, lemons, banana, papaya, guava, apricot and grape etc., Care should be taken to apply mulch that it suits the crop needs.


Mulching All Your Leaves – There Are Exceptions

It is possible to have too many leaves if you have a lot of big trees or if your beds are already covered in groundcovers and you don’t want to totally smother them.

In that case, you may just have to compost them or give some away, to a friend or to the city, although I have mulched 12 inches of leaves into some lawns with great success.

Actually, when I was a kid, I recall my dad would pile a bunch of leaves in the back of the pickup truck (we lived in the country), head down the street to where there were no houses, drop the tailgate, and hit the gas.

It was so much fun watching the leaves get caught by the wind and cover the sky like a thousand red and yellow butterflies. In hindsight, I have no idea why we did this, but it was fun at the time.

I know someone reading this is wondering about oak leaves. I’ve never had a problem with the fact that oak leaves don’t break down quickly.

I’ve always enjoyed that about them because it just means my mulch stays around longer. And nope, they don’t acidify the soil. But again, if you have too many, don’t force it.


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