Growing Demand for Organic Mulching Materials for Weed Control Purposes to Significantly Drive Global Market Demand
Organic mulching materials is expected to witness surging demand in the near future owing to its potential characteristics such as moderation of the soil temperature, soil protection, moisture conservation, nutrients as organic matter. However, high-cost of labor, limited effectiveness on the perennial weeds, overdue soil warming as well as potential to carry harbor pests and weed seeds is anticipated to restrain the growth of mulching materials market.
Organic mulching materials such as fresh-cut forage, straw and hay are expected to gain significant traction in mulching materials market as they hold the potential for easy use, suppresses weed germination and reduces evaporative losses of the soil moisture. Chipped brush, tree leaves and various forest-based mulching materials are anticipated to gain significant demand for small fruits as well as various other perennial crops purposes.
Horticultural sector is expected to drive the demand and supply for organic mulching materials such as straw and hay during the forecast period. Mulching materials such as hay helps in preventing soil erosion and crusting as well as adds large amounts of slow-release nutrients and organic matter, particularly potassium. Growing demand from horticultural farmers for affordable and easily available mulching materials is expected to further drive the supply of straw.
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Mulching materials are referred to the leaves, nut shells, and grass clipping, wood and bark chips and other natural and synthetic materials applied over a plant. The primary functions of mulching materials include soil nutrition and management, weed control and improve aesthetic value of the plants or trees applied. Importance of mulching materials has increased over the years due to rise in weather uncertainties mainly flooding and rapid urbanization leading to substantial soil losses. The application of mulches varies from its application purpose, seasons and stage of plant and tree. Generally, mulches are applied from mid- to late spring and autumn season in a year. Mulches also support in water conservation which lowers watering nearly 35-45%. Increasing water shortage across various parts of the world has limited water use for drinking and agricultural purposes.
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Growing need for sustainable agricultural practices including factors like weed control, soil management and water conservation are encouraging higher demand for mulching and thereby various mulching materials. The multiple factors listed above vary with the type of material used. Additionally, the mulching materials not only conserves soil moisture but also improve the yields to the plants and trees applied along with limiting the use of irrigation water, fertilizers and plant protection chemicals.
The report encompasses the detailed study of various product types of mulching materials, and its different end uses. It briefs about the emerging segments and analyses the various market trends which support in investment decisions in the mulching materials market. Globally, there are different agro-climatic zones and the need for the mulching material will vary from country to country.
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Advancements in mulching technologies and various strategies taken by companies help in understanding the competitive positioning in the mulching materials market. Emerging markets including China, India, and Brazil, Mexico and African countries will witness the highest growth in the mulching materials market due to increase in water shortage conditions. Higher availability of arable land in Africa and increase in the importance of agriculture and horticulture will support mulching materials market in this region over the forecast period.
Global Mulching Materials: Market Segmentation
On the basis of Product Type, the global Mulching Materials market has been segmented as –
- Grass clippings
- Peat moss
- Wood chips
- Woodchip mulch
- Bark chips and Bark Nuggets
- Straw mulch/ field hay/salt hay
- Polypropylene and polyethylene
- Plant Starches and Sugars
- Stones and Gravels
On the basis of Nature, the global Mulching Materials market has been segmented as –
- Synthetic Mulches
- Organic Mulches
On the basis of Application, the global Mulching Materials market has been segmented as –
- Weed Control
- Shading Purpose
- Soil Conservation and Temperature Management
- Soil Nutrition and microbial activity enhancement
- Aesthetic Purpose
On the basis of End-Use, the global Mulching Materials market has been segmented as –
- Horticultural (including Landscaping)
Global Mulching Materials Market: Key Players
Some of the key players operating in the global Mulching Materials market are Alpine Materials, LLC, Cowart Mulch Products, Inc., Woodland Mulch, Bailey Bark Materials, Inc., The Mulch Center, Lafayette Materials, Watson Materials, Renewable Fiber Inc., Good Earth Garden Market, Agriplast Tech India Pvt. Ltd., and others.
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