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Ground Covers & Crop Covers

Ground Covers & Crop Covers

We have a large selection of Ground coverings, crop coverings, low tunnels, for growers.

Our Ground Cover is a tightly woven, black polypropylene fabric that helps control weed growth and retains moisture in the soil. Since it is a woven product, water and nutrients will seep through, eliminating unsightly and hazardous water puddles. Each roll has a green plant line every 12" to aid in plant placement.

Maximum grower benefits from the use of crop covers and tunnels are obtained when there exists an early market-price-window for high value crops. Early price premiums will often provide a major contribution to the growers annual profits. A roadside operator can often benefit all season from being the first to offer local fresh products.

Our products are available from major greenhouse, agricultural and retail supply outlets across North America. If you have any difficulty finding them. email us or call us 1-800-531-4769. gothicarch@comcast.net

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Crop Covers

Planters Paper provides season extension in spring and fall. Gives increased air temperature of 5 to 6 degrees and increases growth with a daily temperature increment over a period of several weeks. Excellent cover for over wintering crops such as strawberries. Transmits 75% light and does not block rain. Crop cover lifespan is 2 - 4 years.

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Planters Paper

Planters Paper is degradable. It does not have to be removed from the field at the end of the season. It contains no harmful ingredients and leaves no harmful residues in the soil. However, the paper has a tendency to prematurely degrade along the edges where it is secured with a layer of soil. Due to expansion when wet and shrinkage when dry, the paper tends to tear along the edges at the soil line. Then the paper is subject to lifting by wind. Therefore, additional soil should be added periodically to the edges to secure the paper.

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Black Plastic mulch

Black Plastic mulch is extruded from clear polyethylene resin into sheets of film of varying widths and lengths. In its natural state, plastic is clear, so carbon black is added to make it black. Generally, the thickness is 1.0 to 1.1 mil (1 mil = 1/1000 inch) although thinner materials are available in high density polyethylene. Because of the inherent physical properties of black plastic mulch, it modifies the micro-climate around plants, enhancing growth, yield, and quality of horticultural crops. Over many years of experimentation and use since the late 1950's black plastic has proved to be a boost to agricultural productivity.

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Greenhouse benches

Red mulch Red mulch reflects intensified red light to the developing plants, which increases their photosynthetic capacity. More light is reflected early in the season when plant foliage covers less of the mulch, allowing plants to grow more quickly and yield earlier. Tomato yields have increased as much as 20% higher with SRM-Red as compared with black plastic. SRM-Red is a high quality, durable plastic that is 1.0 Mil thick and lies well over flat or raised beds. It has season-long integrity and is easily removed from the field after harvest.

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Blue Plastic Mulch

Blue Plastic Mulch is made of high quality, durable plastic that is 1.0 mil thick and lays well over flat or raised beds. It has season-long integrity and is easily removed from the field after harvest.

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Olive Plastic Mulch

Olive Plastic Mulch - offering a hybrid between clear and black mulches. It offers more soil warming than black mulch, while controlling weed growth better than clear mulch. Clear mulch transmits all wavelengths of radiation (light) to the soil.

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 Low tunnels

Low tunnels are ideal for the early production of many vegetable crops. They are constructed by installing 6-foot wide sheets of either slitted or perforated plastic over wire hoops that are spaced about 4 feet apart. To prevent wind damage, the cover is pulled taut over the hoops (but not stretched), and the edges are secured with soil. Generally, the cover is left over the plants for 3-4 weeks. The slits and perforations provide daytime ventilation, eliminating the need for manual venting.

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Ground Covering

Ground Covering is a tightly woven, black polypropylene fabric that helps control weed growth and retains moisture in the soil. Since it is a woven product, water and nutrients will seep through, eliminating unsightly and hazardous water puddles. Each roll has a green plant line every 12" to aid in plant placement.

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Plastic Mulch Information

Plastic Mulch Information With today’s demand for increased food production and heightened awareness for the responsible use of our limited resources, ‘Plastic Mulch” is proving to be a justifiable addition to the cost of commercial vegetable production around the world.

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