SUPPRESS WEEDS AND CONSERVE WATER
Plastic mulch polythene paper with UV treatment by Grekkon Limited is used widely in Kenya by farmers growing crops in the open field or in the greenhouse. Our plastic mulch is an effective way of water conservation, weed suppression, and raising soil temperature. Our silver on black plastic mulch paper is available as; 23, 30, 60, and 80 microns with varying widths and lengths. The choice of thickness is a factor of crop location, a grower’s budget, and the number of seasons it is intended for use. Plastic mulching in vegetables is a common practice for high-value crops. We do not use clear plastic mulch because of the high temperatures in the tropics. Plastic mulch without drip irrigation is used too.
Our widths are; 1M, 1.2M and 1.6M according to the mulch paper thickness. The black part remains underneath to preserve soil warmth, and the silver part goes on the outside to reflect excessive heat. Light reflected by the silver side is a repellent to many insect pests too
Mulch paper’s advantage over organic mulch is that it does not provide a hiding place for insect pests, and is re-usable over subsequent seasons. This is important in tropical regions where agriculture pest infestation is huge due to high temperatures through out the year.
ADVANTAGES OF PLASTIC MULCH
Does Water Go Through Plastic Mulch?
Overhead water sources such as rain or sprinkler irrigation won’t penetrate the plastic to get to the soil
Can You Use Plastic Mulch Without Drip Irrigation?
Yes. Irrigation is done by pouring water in the holes where the plants are. This is a tedious and time consuming process
Advantages of Plastic Mulch
i. Early start for crops. Plants take off with vigor because they have sufficient moisture retained within their root zones. Again the warmth retained in the soil hastens crop growth.
ii. Reduces water wastage. Water loss resulting from evaporation is largely reduced which saves on daily irrigation operational costs.
iii. Less upkeep. Mulch paper stifles weeds which saves weeding operational costs, removes competition for nutrients and light against the crop by weeds.
iv. Better crop quality. Mulched crops have better yield quality as a result of less disease and pest attack, and a more vigorous growth.
- It is not biodegradable
- It is more expensive to use than organic waste mulch
- Irrigation is limited to drip irrigation
Mulch Paper Installation
- Spread the paper along the length of the bed
- Tuck the extra paper in the bottom edges of the planting bed
- Perforate planting holes on the paper surface according to the crop spacing
OUR PLASTIC MULCH PRICES
- 30 micron Kes 18 per M square
- 60 micron Kes 30 per M square
- 70 micron Kes 40 per M square
Polythene mulch paper is available in our Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nyeri, Meru and Nyahururu stores in Kenya. Our technical and agronomy team provide professional advise to growers on the appropriate thickness to us, and how to use it well.