Soil Solarization Film

Soil solarization

is an important practice for farmers which is used commercially in areas with high solar radiation and air temperature during the summer. In this technique, clear plastic films are used to increase soil temperature in the longest period of the daylight and in the moments the temperature is the highest to manage soil-borne decease such as insects, diseases, nematodes, fungi, and weeds. This application should be kept about 6 weeks on the surface of the soil. (In some diseases this period lasts for 10 weeks) Soil-borne diseases, weeds, and nematodes have been partially controlled by soil-applied pesticides, including methyl bromide, chloropicrin, and methane. By using soil solarization that will help to reduce the use of such chemicals and that will improve food safety. Benefits of Soil Solarization Film Maximum soil heating occurs when the plastic is close to the soil. Therefore, it is important that the area to be treated is levelled and free of weeds, plants, debris, and large clods which would raise the plastic off the ground. The area should be treated with a rototiller or by disking or turned over by hand and raked until smooth to provide an even surface, this will help water penetrate and moisten the soil Profile. Soil must be moist for maximum effect. Moisture not only makes organisms more sensitive to heat, but it also conducts heat faster and deeper into the soil. Soil can be moistened by pre-irrigation, by drip or furrow irrigation, immediately after which the plastic should be applied over the soil. Irrigation under the plastic usually controls pests slightly faster and to a greater extent than when irrigation is done before the plastic is laid. Al-Quds Solarisation film has high mechanical properties to withstand maximum stress during installation. It’s available with different microns up to width of 8 Meter, and customized length. Benefits of Soil Solarisation: – Disease control. – Weed control. – Nematode control. – Increase plant growth response.