The effects of organic and inorganic mulches on the yield and fruit quality of ‘Cripps’ Pink’ apple trees
Van der Merwe, Johannes Dawid Prins
Thesis (MScAgric)–Stellenbosch University, 2012.
Limited research is available on the effect of mulches on established orchards. Most of the information available stems from research conducted in newly planted orchards or on annual crops such as green peppers and strawberries under greenhouse conditions. To increase the current knowledge on the effect of mulches in established orchards, two field trials were conducted on 14 year old „Cripps‟ Pink‟ orchards. The one trial concentrated on the influence of mulches on the root environment and the other trial on the effect of mulches on growth, yield and fruit quality.