Silver Mulch Scares Bugs And Should Make You Happy
''Silver mulch increases light to the plant canopy,... That basically translates into more photosynthesis and increased growth of the plant.''--NY Times.
It reports benefits to a number of crops for example consider these striking figures for pumpkins--on a plot without mulch 70% of plants were infected with whitefly, while on the silver mulch plot only 1%. The farmer in the test reported "50% to 60% larger leaves" due to the healthier plants.
In a UMASS Extension service article, the silver mulch benefit is noted especially in aphid control. The paper cites a Penn State Extension test that yielded 20% more peppers than black mulch.
"...at Penn State, bell peppers grown on silver mulch yielded an average of 20% more fruit than peppers grown on black plastic."--UMASS Extension Service
We are excited to offer for the first time this year dual line silver mulch that looks like this:
What is that black stripe about? The black provide a heating area to counteract the cooling of the silver coating.
Let us know if you would rather have it in a single line version too. For more info on our silver mulch, visit this page now!
- Samuel Finney