𝐑𝐨𝐨𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 --
Cultivation is not necessary except for the area between the mulched strips. Therefore, the roots are not pruned.
𝐑𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦𝐬 --
Black and IRT plastic mulch provides good weed control in the row. Clear plastic will require the use of a herbicide, fumigation or lifting the mulch and cultivating. Often, weeds between mulch strips can be controlled by a herbicide.
𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐬 --
Black plastic mulch can result in 2 to 14 days earlier harvest while clear plastic can result in a 21-day earlier harvest. - 𝐌𝐮𝐥𝐜𝐡 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚