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Why do I mulch thee? Let me count the ways

publication date: May 1, 2005
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By covering almost all our ground almost all the time, we have eliminated most hoeing and tractor cultivation. In the fall, we use a $1500 mulch lifter on a 50 hp tractor to undercut the plastic mulch. After picking it up by hand, we do a heavy disking, spread, rye, oats, or wheat with a tractor-mounted fertilizer spinner, and cover lightly with trail-type disks set straight. So rough-surfaced are the fields of partly tilled-in mulch that they stay somewhat blanketed into the winter, too, while the cover crops begin their slow growth.

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