Using Hardwood Ramial Woodchips as a Time-Saving Mulch for Weed Control

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $3,908.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $3,838.00
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: beets, broccoli, onions


  • Crop Production: no-till, nutrient cycling
  • Pest Management: field monitoring/scouting
  • Production Systems: general crop production
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis, nutrient mineralization

    Proposal summary:

    Time and energy spent on weed management puts economic pressure on all producers, and this part-time farmer will experiment with hardwood chips as an effective mulch for his organic vegetables grown in a no-cultivation system. He will assess the effect of the chips on germination, transplanting, and plant vigor, with the three-year goal of reducing by half the time spent managing weeds. The project will also make limited use of plastic as a mulch, particularly in the spring when the soil needs to be warmed.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.