Synthetic and Inorganic MulchPosted by Francis McBride on Jan 4, 2016 in Permaculture | Comments Off on Synthetic and Inorganic Mulch
A lot of people argue differently about the value of organic mulch as compared to inorganic mulch. For most, inorganic or synthetic mulch is a no-go zone. They argue that the negative effects definitely outweigh the positive benefits. However that is just not true.
Plastic and Landscape Fabric
Millions, perhaps even billions, of people the world over will argue that plastic poses a great threat to the environment. By this argument therefore, plastic to them is a compound that should be scraped off the face of earth. Plastic however has very good properties that make it really good for use as mulch. The plastic in question is reshaped into a layer of landscape fabric. That is like a big plastic mat laid on top of the soil. This type of inorganic mulch serves the main purpose of pest and weed control. Given its non-decomposing nature a layer of plastic around the tree base kills pests and weeds by preventing processes such as photosynthesis.
Plastic however is still an inorganic material hence if not used appropriately it could kill the plant it is meant to protect. It is therefore necessary that holes are made on the plastic mulch layer the ensure proper aeration and drainage of the plant roots within the soil.
Usually made from recycled tyres, the wires are taken out and the rubber is moulded into tiny pieces that are suitable for mulching. The rubber has a vast array of uses in varied areas of application. The elastic properties make it ideal for playgrounds, the failure to decompose makes it ideal for gardening since it does not compete for nutrients with the crops. It has good insulation and water retention properties as well as prevention of soil erosion.
Is usually designed from various materials but mostly it is recycled from various types of plastic. Provides great application in landscaping. It is also ideal for gardening, especially in a controlled garden, for instance a flower garden. Has great weed suppression properties as well as great insulation properties. Ir may be risky to use since it might also affect the plants and soil negatively.
However, with professional knowledge such as the one gained from studying at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute, one can manage to effectively use synthetic fibre without affecting the plants. The same applies for all the other inorganic mulches. The Open Permaculture School and regenerative leadership institute has professional advice, study and experience in dealing with mulches.