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Plastic Mulch in Nigeria (300m by 1.5m Reflective Films)

Plastic mulch also called mulching film or mulch film is a product made from polyethylene used for suppressing weed, conserving water and increasing the yield of crops. Plastic mulches are perforated with holes with which farmers can plant their seeds.

Plastic mulch or mulching film is a fairly new technology in Nigeria. Plastic mulch in Nigeria has enabled a lot of farmers to increase their yields whilst reducing the cost of labour needed for weeding activities on their farms.

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Sizes of Plastic Mulch Films Available for Sale

We stock the following sizes of plastic mulch films:

300m by 1.2m plastic mulch film: The 300 metres by 1.2 metres plastic mulch film is the most popular type of mulching films we sell. The length is 300 metres while the width of the mulch is 1.2 metres.

This type of plastic mulch can cover a large bed and suppress the growth of weeds. It has silver reflective colour on the top and black colour below. The silver reflective colour repels some types of pests.

This plastic mulch comes in thicknesses of 25 microns, 30 microns and 35 microns.

300m by 1.5m plastic mulch film: The 300 metres by 1.5 metres plastic mulch film is one of the largest mulching films available for sale in our firm. The length is 300 metres while the width of the mulch is 1.2 metres.

The large span of this plastic mulch ensures that it covers the whole bed and does not allow any weed to grow on the bed. It also has two colours. The silver colour is on the top of the plastic mulch and the black colour is underneath the plastic mulch film.

This plastic mulch comes in thicknesses of 25 microns, 30 microns and 35 microns.

Price of Plastic Mulch Films

The price of plastic mulching films in Nigeria varies according to a lot of factors. Below are some of the factors that determine the price of mulching films in Nigeria

  • The quality of the plastic mulch films: You should be very careful with buying ridiculously cheap plastic mulch films, they are likely to be sub-standard. They will not last long on your farm. 
  • Size of plastic mulch films: The price of plastic mulch also varies according to size. A plastic mulch film is size 300 metres by 1.5 metres is costlier than that of 300 metres by 1.2 meters.
  • Colour of plastic mulch: Plastic mulches with silver reflective colour on the top and black colour below are the best and most appropriate for the conditions of Nigeria. They repel insects and improve the soil structure. They are usually a bit costlier than other types of much films.

Generally, the price of plastic mulch film of size 300 metres by 1.5 metres is sold for ₦25,000 at Veggie Grow. You can contact us through 08025141924 or sales@veggiegrow.ng to buy.

How to install plastic mulch in Nigeria

The first stage in installing a plastic mulch it to make beds or ridges. The seed beds must be made in such a way that the top of the bed will be flat.

The plastic mulch can then be laid on top of the bed with the corners of the plastic mulch tucked into the soil. Pegs can also be used to hold the plastic mulch to the seed bed and the soil.

Some farmers prefer to make holes on the plastic mulch after installation on the seed bed. Some farmers also make these holes before placing the mulch on the bed.

After the completion of the installation of the mulch, seeds or seedlings can be planted on the holes created on the mulch.

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Types of plastic mulch 

Black plastic mulch

This is a type of plastic mulch that is black in colour. It is the commonest type of mulching film used in Nigeria. The best type of black plastic mulch film is the silver on black coloured type. It repels some types of insects.

Grey on black plastic mulch

This type of plastic mulch has a grey on black colour.

White plastic mulch

This is a type of plastic mulch that is white in colour. It is commonly used in cold areas to create heat in the soil. White plastic mulch works well in cold areas.

Red plastic mulch

This type of plastic mulch is red in colour. It is used for some types of crops. Red plastic mulch can improve the yield of tomato and pepper crop. 

Blue plastic mulch

This is a type of mulch that is blue in colour. It is also used for the cultivation of some types of crops. Blue plastic mulch has been proven to increase the yield of cucurbits like cucumber, watermelon and squash. A trial we carried out showed that blue plastic mulch can improve the yield of watermelon by 12%.

Benefits of plastic mulch in Nigeria

Plastic mulch as weed control: One of the main benefits of a plastic mulch is to prevent sunlight from reaching the soil. When the weeds do not get sunlight, photosynthesis is impacted, hence, they cannot grow. Weeds can reduce the yield of a crop by as much as 98%.

With plastic mulch, a farmer is likely to increase his yield and make more money.

Planting early: In some locations, plastic mulch can heat up the soil and make it possible to plant early. For example, in cold climates, plastic mulch can enable farmers to plant tropical crops during the cold season because of the heating effect of the mulching film.

Retention of soil moisture: Plastic mulch reduces evaporation and makes more water available to plants. It also reduces the frequency of irrigation. During the period of lean rainfall, plastic mulch can be very useful in conserving water for crops.

Insulation of the soil: Plastic mulch films can control the temperature of the soil. Some types of plastic mulch films can make the soil cold while some can make the soil warm. This means that plastic mulch films can enable farmers in cold areas to plant crops that need heat to thrive. Ditto, farmers in hot areas can plant crops that need cold temperature to thrive.

Enhancement of soil structure: Plastic mulch ensures that soil does not become compacted or form a hard pan. The retention of water in the soil improves the structure of the soil and makes it suitable for crops and further cultivation. Plastic mulch also stops people and animals from walking on the soil, this prevents soil compaction and the forming of hard pan.

Improvement in crop quality: Plastic mulch prevents fruits from touching the soil. Fruits touching the soil can get infected and also have poor quality. Plastic mulch films ensure that fruits have good quality.

Makes more fertilizer available to crops: Plastic mulch reduces the rate of erosion; this can also reduce the rate of leaching of fertilizer. With a reduction in leaching, more fertilizer will be available to the crops. This can lead to more yield.

Reduction in compaction of soil: The crusting effect of sunlight and rain is reduced when plastic mulch is used. Soil impaction can negatively impact the growth of crops and reduce yield.

Minimal or no root damage: During cultivation, roots of plants are often damaged. With plastic mulch, this can be reduced to the barest minimum.

Pest and disease control: The heat caused by plastic mulch can be negatively impact some soil borne pests and diseases. Lesser pests and diseases mean better yield.

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Buy plastic mulch in Nigeria

You can contact us through sales@veggiegrow.ng or 08025141924 to buy plastic mulch in Nigeria.

Plastic mulch or mulching film can reduce the weeds on your farm, reduce cost of labour, increase your crop  yield and make you smile to your bank.