Occultation for agriculture is a term used to describe a technique,
popular in Europe by organic farmers, to kills weeds and prepare stale seedbeds. As an all-natural alternative to chemical pesticides and herbicides, this process has been quickly gaining
interest and implementation here in the US.
When a black UV-treated polyethylene film is used to cover an area, it creates a warm and moist environment that mitigates weeds. As the soil warms, more weeds begin to come out of their dormancy. When seeds begin to germinate, they sprout into this dark suffocating environment, void of sunlight or air movement resulting in the death of the plant. The remaining plants residues are then mostly consumed by worms and other organisms involved in decomposition.
Leave the film on as long as necessary so that when removed, the surface weeds should be destroyed, and your soil should look clean. This technique, occultation, greatly reduces the amount of work necessary to prepare and area for planting.
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