"Squash, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and corn grown over reflective mulch produced fruit 7 to 10 days earlier than plants grown over bare soil." University of California study, 2004.


    Now this revolutionary product is available for gardens of all sizes. Guard and Grow reflective film is an ideal solution to protect your raised garden bed or home gardens. Here's how it works.

    how it works

    The UV wavelengths reflected by Guard and Grow reflective mulch confuse and repel even the most resilient pests including thrips, aphids, whiteflies, leafhoppers, cucumber beetles and other virus carrying insects. When faced with Guard and Grow film, insects choose other locations to feed and lay their eggs.

  • Integrated pest management

    pest mgmt

    Guard and Grow UV reflective film is a revolutionary mulch product that has been proven effective in repelling insects and preventing viruses in plants including tomatoes, strawberries, squash, cantaloupes, cucumbers, and corn. For years, large agricultural growers have used UV reflective film to eliminate pests while minimizing their use of toxic pesticides. Guard and Grow's patented technology has become a key component of an environmentally friendly strategy known as integrated pest management, or IPM.

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How It's Made

Guard and Grow technology was first developed by NASA and had been used as insulation on every space mission to date. Designed to be light, flexible and highly reflective, metallized film provides superior protection both in space and on earth.

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    Strawberry plant infested with aphids.

    Aphids are among the most destructive pests to threaten fruit and vegetable crops. These resilient insects not only cause physical damage to plants, they also spread diseases including cucumber mosaic virus, watermelon mosaic virus, and zucchini mosaic virus. UV reflective mulch has been proven to outperform other types of plastic and organic mulch in reducing aphid populations.

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  • txt Case Study Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

    case study

    Tiny insects called thrips spread the tomato spotted wilt virus worldwide causing millions in damage to a variety of crops. Epidemics of the tomato spotted wilt have recently hit the southern United States, cutting tomato crop yields up to 30%.

    The virus turns leaves brown or purple and often kills the stem tips. The virus also can cause brown or yellow spots and rings on tomatoes and other produce.

    Historically, farmers have sprayed toxic, broad-spectrum insecticides to control thrips, but chemicals do not prevent transmission of the virus.

    According to University of Florida researchers, incidence of tomato spotted wilt virus on tomato plants has been reduced by as much as 75 percent with ultraviolet reflective film. Growers using the product have experienced a tremendous return on investment. Profits increased as much as $4,000 per acre while the additional costs were only $200 per acre.