Small and Organic Farm Advisor
University of California
Small and Organic Farm Advisor

Soil Solarization

Soil Solarization- An eco-friendly approach for weed management (PDF) - Explanation of the principle of soil solarization including its efficacy against certain common weeds in California cropping systems and best practices for solarizing your soil.
Soil Solarization
Soil Solarization- a nonpesticidal method for controlling diseases, nematodes, and weeds (PDF) - Discusses how to solarize soil, what equipment to use, factors that limit the effectiveness of solarization, the economics of solarization, and how solarization can be combined with other methods to increase control of unwanted soil pathogens and pests. 
Effect of Steam and Solarization Treatments on Pest Control, Strawberry Yield, and Economic Returns Relative to Methyl Bromide Fumigation (PDF) Documents how solarization can be used in strawberry production as an alternative to chemical fumigants for controlling soil pathogens. 
Steam Solarization

 

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