AN EVALUATION OF SEVERAL MULCH MATERIALS ON LANDSCAPE PLANT GROWTH, WEED CONTROL, SOIL TEMPERATURE AND SOIL MOISTURE

The effectiveness of various materials as mulches for landscape sites was evaluated. Factors considered were weed control, effect on growth of landscape plants, and soil environment modification. The latter included measurements of soil temperatures and soil moistures. Mulches investigated were Douglas fir bark chips (2 inches dia), shredded hard wood bark, shredded scrap from rubber tires, and stone approximately 1.5 inches in diameter. Best weed control over a 2 year period was obtained with the Douglas fir bark chips with 2 inches mulch of shredded rubber tires being nearly as good. The best plant growth was obtained when the plants were mulched. Cotoneaster grew better when mulched with Douglas fir bark than any other mulch treatment except 2 inches of shredded rubber tires. This is probably due to a reduction in weed competition. The effect on growth of junipers was less pronounced.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Indiana State Highway Commission, Indianapolis and Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. Report on Development of Techniques for Plant Establishment on the Roadside.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Purdue University/Indiana Department of Transportation JHRP

    Purdue University, School of Civil Engineering
    West Lafayette, IN  United States  47907-1284

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Indiana State Highway Commission

    Indianapolis, IN  United States  46204
  • Authors:
    • Carpenter, P L
  • Publication Date: 1975-7-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137412
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: JHRP-75-14 Intrm Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1977 12:00AM