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Mulching (with organic materials)

Straw mulch applied to disturbed soil on the site of a new house

Practice Code: 484
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Mulching is application of a protective cover of plant residues or other suitable material not produced on the site to the soil surface.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Mulching promotes better water quality by reducing sediment and runoff, and increasing water infiltration
  • Conserves soil moisture
  • Improves soil condition and increases soil fertility
  • Minimizes and reduces soil compaction
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Suppresses weed growth

Conservation Practice Support Documents

Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideAll support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.

 

Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

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Contour Farming (330)
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If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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