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Abstract            Volume:11  Issue-6  Year-2023         Original Research Articles

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Influence of Mulch on Soil Physical Properties Improvement - A Review
Getachew Mulatu* and Ewnetu Teshale
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; Jimma Agricultural Research Center P.O Box 192, Jimma, Ethiopia
*Corresponding author

Know a day soil properties affected by different agricultural practice, consequently disturbing the balance of soil ecosystem worldwide. Therefore, eco-friendly agricultural practices for sustainable food production are needed. This review paper focuses on multiple significant influences of mulches for the improvements of soil physical properties. It is well known that mulching the soil increases the soil properties, in particular the soil physical properties, most likely by balancing soil temperature, increasing soil moisture, and inhibiting weed growth and improving microbial activities. Soil surface covering decreases erosion, reduces evaporation, protects against raindrop impact, and increases aggregate stability. Mulches, particularly from organic materials, improve soil structure by favorable conditions for soil aggregation, e.g. through higher soil water content and temperature and the mineralization of organic matter in the soil. Therefore the appropriate mulching technique could provide the aforementioned benefits to the soil ecosystem. Therefore, the impacts of low-cost, eco-friendly, and biodegradable mulching materials on soil microbes, nutrient balance, plant growth, and soil erosion should be explored in the future.

Keywords: Mulch, Soil, Soil Physical Properties, gravel, film, bricks.
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Getachew Mulatu and Ewnetu Teshale. 2023. Influence of Mulch on Soil Physical Properties Improvement - A Review.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 11(6): 93-98
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2023.1106.008
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