Plasticulture strawberries require extensive ground preparation to ensure a quality crop.
Plastic Mulch Laying
The second pass covers the bed with black plastic mulch. We try to lay it as tight as possible and make sure there are no voids in the bed. The mulch will keep the beds warmer longer going into the fall and warm them up faster in the spring.
We cover the strawberries with a spunbonded polypropelene row cover and weight it down with rock bags. This cover lets water, air and 70% light through. It blocks the wind and traps heat in. These covers keep the plants growing longer in the fall an bring them out of dormancy earlier in the spring.