Growth, quality and yield of various crops are significantly influenced by various mulching methods. Covering with various materials potentially help in retaining soil moisture, reducing evaporation and suppressing weed populations. Since different scientists have reported adverse effects of coverage, there are conflicts regarding coverage performance. Under actual field conditions, the shortcomings reported by various researchers are not that dangerous and the benefits of mulches usually dominate these contradictions. Though, from the literature, it can be concluded that mulch is an inexpensive source to reduce the number of weeds and keep the soil moisture content at a considerable level. Therefore, in this chapter, we discussed how a properly managed mulch strategy can compensate for the water demand of crops under water-scarce conditions. In addition, the combination of a mulch system (wheat straw, cotton swabs, black plastic, and corn stalks) and partial root-zone drying (PRD) can be an effective technology for overall improving the growth, development and yield of crops.
|Title of host publication||Sustainable Plant Nutrition|
|Subtitle of host publication||Molecular Interventions and Advancements for Crop Improvement|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2022|
- Benefits of mulches
- Plant growth
- Soil fertility