Weed Spraying and Mowing

April 30th, 2010

Activity in the vineyard has moved on to spraying the area immediately around the vines to kill the all pervasive weeds that have started to emerge, followed by mowing the grass in-between the rows. There are, as ever, conflicting opinions as to the pros and cons of allowing grass to grow between the rows of vines and many vineyards cultivate to ensure that there is no competition with the vines. We see value in it’s resistance to soil erosion down the slopes and our view is that the grass maintains a better environment in the vineyard. Other than the obvious aesthetics, it’s necessary to keep the grass well mowed and weeds suppressed, to minimise the effect of any competition for nutrients and to avoid excessively long grass at this early part of the season, which it is said harbours frost.

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