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Nonwovens are used effectively for optimising the productivity of crops, gardens and greenhouses. Their protective nature means that the need for pesticides is reduced and manual labour is kept to a minimum.

The use of nonwoven crop covers on the land increases yields and improves the quality of the crops. Very light, flexible sheets are laid over seed beds, which create a microclimate in which the heat and humidity are controlled. The growth of the plants is accelerated and they are protected from adverse weather conditions and vermin.

In capillary mat applications, nonwovens promote the healthy growth of flowers and vegetables in greenhouses by using soil-less growing methods.

Some examples of where nonwovens are used

  • Crop covers
  • Plant protection
  • Seed blankets
  • Weed control fabrics
  • Greenhouse shading
  • Root control bags
  • Biodegradable plant pots
  • Capillary matting
  • Landscape fabric

The advantages of using nonwovens

  • Fabrics with high strength, durability and elasticity
  • Frost and insect protection
  • Exceptional permeability
  • Weed control
  • Apertures between the intersecting fibres of nonwoven sheets which are big enough to allow air and water to reach the crop but small enough to keep out insects.
  • The protection allows plants and crops to grow without the use of pesticides and herbicides
  • An earlier development and harvest of the crop, improved yield and a growing year which can be extended at both ends

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Companies supplying products or services related to agriculture/horticulture

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