Plastic mulches has been used by farmers widely, most of vegetables can be successfully grown using plastic mulches and help to increase yield,earliness and good quality fruits. Silver side of mulching film reflects the light so helps to distract sucking pests at initial stage of crop life besides it is UV-stabilised so can stand in sub-tropical climate of India.
There are several other advantages as (1)Earlier Harvest : The greatest benefit from plastic mulch is that the soil temperature in the planting bed is raised, promoting faster crop development and earlier harvest.(2)Reduces Evaporation :Soil water loss is reduced under plastic mulch. As a result, more uniform soil moisture is maintained and irrigation frequency can be reduced more .(3)Fewer Weed Problems :Silver mulches will reduce light penetration to the soil. Weeds cannot generally survive under such after applying mulch.(4)Reduces Fertilizer Leaching :Excess water runs off the impervious mulch.Fertilizer beneath the mulch is not lost by leaching,so that fertilizers are optimally used and not wasted. (5)Cleaner Vegetable Produce :The edible product from a mulched crop is cleaner and less subject to rot,since no soil is splashed onto the plants or fruit (6)Increases Growth :Mulch film is nearly impervious to carbon dioxide, which is necessary for photosynthesis.