Mulching (with organic materials)
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).
All 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:
Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Contour Farming (330)
Critical Area Planting (342)
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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