Schonbeck, Mark. 2012. Synthetic Mulching Materials for Weed Management. extension. Accessed at: <http://articles.extension.org/pages/65191/synthetic-mulching-materials-for-weed-management>
Synthetic Mulching Materials for Weed Management, published by eXtension and written by Mark Schonbeck, a member of the Virginia Association for Biological Farming, looks at the variety of synthetic mulches available to growers for weed suppression on crop beds. Black plastic mulching is discussed in detail, as it is the most common form of synthetic mulching. Clear, translucent, and colored plastic films and their respective benefits are also discussed. Other techniques including woven fabric for perennial crops for season-to-season reuse and biodegradable paper mulching discussed in this publication provide more sustainable examples of synthetic mulches. For organic mulching materials for weed management see eXtension’s Organic Mulching Materials for Weed Management publication.