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Mulch

Term for unrotted organic materials, derived from the Low German "mul" for "decaying earth or dust" or from "mulsch" for "rotten, soft". In horticulture and viticulture, it refers to soil cover. Mulching is a typical measure of biological or integrated plant protection. Before winter, the vineyard soil is usually covered with organic materials of plant origin. The materials used include straw, bark (left), leaves (right), peat, green waste chaff, living plants and waste from pruning. This prevents the soil from drying out due to evaporation of water from the soil, provides good irrigation and suppresses weed growth.

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