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Mulching (with plastic)

Plastic being used as a mulch to conserve soil moisture available for plant growth

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

Mulching is applying 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
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Suppresses weed growth

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments 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 forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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