Why mulching can improve agricultural activities

Friday, 28 February 2020

Why mulching can improve agricultural activities

The benefits of using mulch to optimize your crop

Over the months, we have often dealt with the activities related to the bed forming, describing how much a correct choice of machinery can be fundamental to obtain the maximum in terms of soil productivity. But there are several other useful operations: in these lines we want to highlight all those improvements in agricultural activities deriving from the use of mulching, a technique that can be applied to a large number of crops. Let's find out together, then, when it is appropriate to approach this activity and what advantages it can bring.

Soils and crops: an activity suitable for every need

First of all, we would like to underline how mulching is a useful operation for any type of land for agricultural use. However, it is always better to work the soil before a particular plastic film or any other material can be laid out. Going into even more detail, it is evident that this activity is suitable especially for some crops, such as melons, watermelons, cucumbers and all cucurbits in general. As a matter of fact, because of their thermal needs, these plants have numerous advantages from mulching operations.

Other crops that respond profitably to mulching techniques are those with a reduced root system (strawberries, chards, spinach and lettuce). Finally, the black mulching sheet can be used for the cultivation of white asparagus, since, by blocking the sun's rays, it avoids colouring.

An operation with many positive effects: the advantages of mulching

Choosing to apply a plastic film to your soil certainly brings with it a greater number of working hours, which, however, are rewarded by obtaining a large number of benefits: for example, mulching is fundamental for the crop protection, as it allows you to:

  • Defend plants from adverse environmental factors (bad weather, etc.)
  • Prevent the growth of weeds
  • Maintain the right level of soil heat and humidity
  • Keep the soil structure intact, i.e. the aggregation of earth particles and the spatial arrangement of the aggregates
  • Obtain a higher concentration of nutrients in the roots, while reducing the presence of earthy bacteria and viruses.

These aspects are also fundamental for promoting the earliness, health, quantity and quality of crop production. If by securing the roots, for example, we can keep the water in the soil and make it available to the plant (producing an increase in the efficiency of the whole plant system), through the preservation of the soil structure, on the other hand, we can make the most of even those soils more clayey or silty.

Mulching according to Cosmeco: the models available

Cosmeco is well aware that in order to obtain an optimal result, mulching operations must be carried out, if mechanized, using specific machinery for each type of crop. It is precisely for this reason that Cosmeco developed different models of mulch layers, such as:

  • Standard mulch layers - Useful for a direct mulching, both on the ground and on the seed bed
  • Divergent and convergent mulch layers  - These two versions are specific for the protection of plants already earthed or requiring periodic maintenance, which needs the opening of the mulch cloth on the surface.

In addition, all these machines can be customized following the specific needs of the customer.

Why using company machinery

The distinctive feature of the company has always been its great attention in the search for new technological solutions, which contribute significantly to improving the working life of corporate customers. It is for this reason that Cosmeco is committed to producing extremely efficient and versatile mulch layers, which allow to:

  • Carry out mulching with plastic, polypropylene or non-woven fabric films
  • Work in combination with bedformers, doing multiple operations in one step

A customized quotation? Here's how to contact Cosmeco!

If you are still in doubt about the use of the most suitable machinery for your crops or you need to get more information or a personalized quotation on company mulch layers, simply access the contact section. By filling out the form inside, you can get all the answers you are looking for, in a very short time.

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