Vineyard inter-row planting

Native Grass for Inter-Row Vineyard Planting

Vineyard planting takes a lot of energy and effort to accomplish, but it has been proven to be one of the most fulfilling experiences anyone can have. There are a variety of factors everyone needs to think about when starting a vineyard. Inter-row management is one of these factors. For many horticultural crops, this issue poses significant cost items such as mowing and competition with growing crops for water and nutrients that could lead to more expenses. Due to these issues, many farmers and growers either sowed short-term crops within the inter-row or just left it bare. Although this kind of treatment resulted in a positive growth of crops, there were still management problems that could not be avoided.   

The solution to this is the utilisation of native grass in vineyard row spacing. The benefits you will be able to get as you incorporate this kind of grass in your vineyard are as follow:

  • Native grass is not competitive compared to imported grass. You don’t have to worry about it invading the space of your crops.
  • Native grass does not grow too long. This means you don’t have to mow it constantly.
  • Despite the shade and competition from your crops, native grass is not easily affected by it.
  • During harvest period, native grass is incredibly tolerant of moderate traffic.

Using native grass in your vineyard can provide ground cover for your crops as they get irrigated using drip irrigation. This is due to the native grass’ tolerance for droughts and dry spells. Native grass can effectively grow even under low sunlight, making it the perfect choice for vineyards that have large crops or trees.

Due to its tolerance over moderate traffic, native grass does not get affected heavily by occasional farming vehicles. You will be able to utilise your machineries without having to worry about your ground cover deteriorating.

Another advantage of using native grass in vineyard inter-row planting is its ability to aid in lowering the plants water table. Horticultural managers encounter crops that consume excessive amounts of water. A larger native grass will certainly help lower down the water intake of the crops. There are a wide variety of native grasses to choose from and they all encompass the same features that were described above.