There are many kinds of tomato mulch. This month, we’ve reviewed three of our readers’ favorites. Each has strengths. And each can be “best” depending on circumstances.
Weed mats for mulching tomatoes
Weed mats are sheets of material that are placed in a garden as a weed barrier. They are made of variety of products which each have differing advantages. A significant advantage of mats (over other types of weed barriers) is that they let in air, water, and nutrients into the soil.
Woven mats (especially professional-grade) are long-lasting, durable, and re-usable. One of the best is Pro Weed Mat by Gardener’s Supply. Woven mats are an excellent option to use if you want a mulch that is long-lasting and can be used year after year.
Read a review on woven weed mats.
Biodegradable weed mats are completely “green” and can be tilled into the soil at the end of the growing season. Gardener’s Supply offers a biodegradable weed mat that is chemical-free. This is an excellent option if you are environmentally-conscious.
Read a review on biodegradable weed mats.
Plastic mulch for tomatoes
Red plastic mulch is available in two options:
Read a review on red plastic mulch.
Tomato of the Month: Yellow Pear Tomato
This month, check out Yellow Pear Tomato. This very old heirloom has been around more than 200 years. It produces bright yellow, pear-shaped cherry tomatoes with a sweet, mild flavor. Gardeners like Yellow Pear because it’s unusual and even cute. Traditionally they were used fresh and in preserves (and still are), but now chefs have also made them a favorite in salads, pastas, and salsas.
Tomato of the Month: Yellow Pear Tomato.
May's Tomato Tip: When Should I Mulch Tomato Plants?By now, many gardeners in North America have their tomato plants in the ground.
But don’t make the mistake of mulching too soon. Even when the danger of frost is past and you have planted your tomatoes, still allow time for soil to heat up more before setting down mulch. Otherwise, you’ll trap in the cold – and delay tomato development.
A good rule of thumb: wait 3-5 weeks after planting before applying mulch. The exception, of course, is plastic mulch (like weed mats and red plastic mulch ), which absorb sunlight to heat the soil.
Read these additional tips for mulching tomatoes to make sure your tomato patch gets off to healthy start this year!
That’s it for now. See you next month!
Kathy with Tomato Dirt
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