The table below illustrates the beneficial properties of EcoCover compared to other mulches.

EcoCover compared to other mulchs.

ProductOrganic
Approved
Laying,
ground
prep.
Pinning
Required
Ability to
include
additives
Promotes
plant
growth
WoolNoEquiv.
EcoCover
YesUnlikelyDon’t
know
JuteNoEquiv.
EcoCover
YesNoUnlikely
PE/PPNoEquiv.
EcoCover
YesNoUnlikely
Bark **NoLabour
intensive
NoNoUnlikely
Woven PlasticNoEquiv.
EcoCover
YesNoUnlikely
Extruded PlasticNoOften
automated
UsuallyNoNo
Cardboard (fluted)NoEquiv.
EcoCover
YesLimitedDon’t
know
EcoCoverYesYesYesYes

 

ProductConserve
water
Reduces
plant
mortality
Remove
from soil*
Labour
to remove
Transport
cost
Landfill
cost
WoolYesDon’t
know
Yes if
organic
AppliesAppliesApplies
JuteNoNoYes if
organic
AppliesAppliesApplies
PE/PPSomeNoYes if
organic
AppliesAppliesApplies
Bark **SomeNoN/AN/AN/AN/A
Woven PlasticNoNoYes if
organic
AppliesAppliesApplies
Extruded PlasticNoNoYes if
organic
AppliesAppliesApplies
Cardboard (fluted)Don’t
know
Don’t
know
Yes if
organic
Don’t
know
Don’t
know
Don’t
know
EcoCoverYesYesNoNoNoneNone

* Remove from soil. All products except EcoCover must be completely removed from the soil if used in an organic application. Only EcoCover is approved to biodegrade in situ – a unique product attribute.

** Bark. Additional significant costs (machinery and labour) are necessary to transport and spread the bark.

The benefits of mulching are universally recognized in the horticultural industry. EcoCover can justifiably be described as the ‘complete’ mulching medium, with all the advantages of inhibiting weed growth, keeping the soil cool and moist and as the mulch decays, feeding both the soil and the plants.