A few weeks ago I received a Research Article from Cornell University about, among other weed control methods, how well Liquid Mulch works and why it is important. The lead researcher was Dr. Andrew Senesac.
Andrew explained why Liquid Mulch is important this way: “Managing weeds in container nurseries can be a year-round effort. In the fall, as containers are brought into unheated hoophouses and covered with poly-film, the environment can become friendly to certain weeds. Species such as common groundsel (Senecio vulgaris), hairy bittercress (Cardamine hirsuta) and liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) can become serious weed problems in the dormant season. Growers are interested in learning of any cultural practices or non-chemical management that will do the job. To that end, we initiated a study in late 2017 to evaluate a new product called Liquid Mulch.”
Trees at a container nursery in Ontario with grey Liquid Mulch
His conclusion was: “The results of the seedling counts indicate that by the second evaluation, all of the treatments significantly reduced common groundsel establishment.” Andrew had compared the performance of the different colors and different amounts of Liquid Mulch. All of them performed the same.
In addition, Andrew noted that most of the weeds occurred where the Liquid Mulch was not present or was poorly applied.
You can read the full article on this website under the “Why Buy Liquid Mulch” Tab. The article is at the bottom of the page.
I invite you to read the entire page because it contains useful information about Liquid Mulch. I found that in my garden, flowers are more plentiful, vibrant and last longer when I use Liquid Mulch along with the seaweed fertilizer. For example, I never had any success keeping my geraniums over the winter and always had to buy new ones in the spring.
I live near Toronto in Ontario, Canada and there are very few sunlight hours during the winter. But this year is different. Not only did the geranium plants survive but they flourished and flowered!
Geranium flowers in my indoor garden in the winter
Here is what I did this year. I put the Liquid Much over the soil of my potted plants and let it dry completely. I watered the plants only when they needed it, about once a week. I watered the plants with water that contained the seaweed based fertilizer – 1 teaspoon per liter (quart) of water. They were placed on a window sill to get light but also away from cold drafts.
Next time I want to discuss the seaweed based fertilizer. Why it is effective and how to use it? In the meantime check out our seaweed based fertilizer by following this link: https://www.advancedbioproducts.com/seaweed-fertilizer