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

Soil Solarization

What is 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


How do I solarize my soil?

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. 

How can solarization be used in strawberry production as an alternative to chemical fumigants?

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 for controlling soil pathogens. 
Steam Solarization

More Resources

Soil Solarization Tips from a Grower and a Researcher

Solarization tips from a grower and a researcher

Solarization Helpful Handout -Abbreviated Guide

Solarization Handout


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