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Mulch : A Good way to control weed growth

When TWA team visited Pakkam village, we happened to hear that weeding is the most problematic and cost consuming process. Many farmers also said us that for weeding alone they are spending approximately 800 rupees every week.

Here is a technique called Mulch, which is being used to control weed growth.

mulching

So what is Mulch?

A Mulch is a type of material that applied to the surface of an area of soil.

Advantages of Mulching:

  • reduce weed growth
  • conserve moisture
  • improve the soil’s fertility
  • Protects the soil from erosion
  • conserve moisture

How to Apply Mulch:

Wood_Mulch

There are two cardinal rules for using organic mulches to combat weeds. First, be sure to lay the mulch down on the soil that is already weeded, and second, lay down a thick layer to discourage new weeds coming up through it. It can take a 4- to 6-inch layer of mulch to completely discourage weeds, but even a 2- to 3-inch layer is usually enough in shady spots where weeds aren’t as troublesome as they are in full sun.

Grass clippings

Grass clippings

Common Organic Mulches:

  1. Shredded Leaves
  2. Wood chips
  3. Grass clippings
  4. Compost
  5. Pine needles
  6. Straw / field hay / salt hay
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