These films can be laid using conventional plastic mulch layer equipment; however tension needs to be adjusted properly to reduce the likelihood of tearing.
The film must be laid in continuous and tight contact with the soil and its edges secured with a generous amount of soil to avoid “whipping” in the wind. Whipping causes tearing of the film and abrasion on the stems of seedling transplanted leading to plant death.
Film should be laid without pockets or depressions and water to run‐off quickly. Water collected in depressions will reduce the lifespan of the film.
Note: Do not lay compostable mulch film within a day of bed top organic fertilization.