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EAP Publication - 64

Soils & Fertilizers-Mulching

Mulching. Why mulch? What to Use?

CONTROLS WEEDS

MODERATES SOIL MOISTURE & TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS

CAUTION: Mulching slows soil warming in the spring, so don't put on too early, especially on crops that like warmth. Lettuce, peas and potatoes do best in cool, moist soil; tomatoes, cucurbits and snap beans prefer a warm, moist soil. Corn should be mulched when a foot high.

IMPROVES SOIL FERTILITY AND STRUCTURE

REDUCES PEST AND DISEASE DAMAGE

OTHER

What to use?

DOMESTIC AND GARDEN WASTES

FOREST AND FARM WASTES

COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE MATERIALS

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