During winter rains, bare vineyard soils turn slippery and dangerous. But when you sow grass between the rows, you can reach your vines at any time of the year. Turf makes vineyard management easier and safer.
Erosion is a constant problem on hillside vineyards, easily tackled by sowing grass. Grass cover is a highly efficient way to stop or limit erosion.
Reducing your grape yield increases the sugar content and encourages favourable flavours. Competition from grasses is a natural and efficient way to control your yield.
Adding clover to the mixture is a low-cost and sustainable way to put nitrogen into your soil. It also acts as a slow release of fertiliser for the companion grasses.
The splashing of raindrops on the soil surface can spread vineyard diseases. Grass reduces splashing and lowers the risk of disease dispersal. Grass is also a simple and cost-effective way to control weeds between the rows.
Choose grass mixtures to suit your management aims (eg yield control, erosion control etc). In general we recommend: