Chopping vines - feeding soil life
The pruning in the vineyards is coming to an end. Taking the pruned wood out away from the vines will also be completed in the next few days. But what happens to the wood afterwards?
That remains in the vineyard and is now chopped up in spring with the tractor and an attached mulcher. The lignified shoots of the past year then rot slowly over the summer, building up humus, which in turn gradually releases minerals as food for the vines. This is how a natural cycle closes. Many earthworms are not uninvolved in this. They eat the wood and improve the vineard soil with what they have digested. Another side effect of shredding the vines is that you don't trip over the long shoots in the subsequent vineyard work.