Specialty Plastic Mulches
Specifically designed to benefit certain crops!
Metallic Mulch: Metallic mulch has provided important benefits in field tests. Benefits include reduction of virus-vectoring aphids on cucurbits (melons, squash and cucumbers) and decreased viral infection, thus increasing the percentage of marketable fruit. A tomato test showed reduction of silverleaf whitefly populations, decreasing incidence of tomato mottle virus. The silver color of this mulch seems to confuse certain insects, because the light reflection disorients them. Metallic Mulch is also available with 8" black strip down the middle for increased soil temperatures around young transplants. It is recommended that Metallic mulch be used on a trial basis. Smooth 1.25 mil. Metallic mulch is available in 4' x 50', 4' x 600' and 4' x 4000' rolls.
White on Black Mulch: White plastic faces upward, keeping soil temperatures down while increasing the amount of light available to the plant. The black plastic underside allows less light to reach the soil, which helps to control weeds. The coextruded white-on-black mulch can decrease soil temperatures up to 12° F, even as it reflects light back into the plant canopy. Great for cool loving crops like cabbage and broccoli. White on black mulch is available in 4' x 50', 4' x 600' and 4' x 2400' rolls.