Heringer Estates vineyards are green in the spring! We love Clarksburg’s beautiful spring weather, and our vines love it even more.
As the vines wake up from the winter rest, we see plenty of friends joining us from our healthy cover crop! Cover crop, planted between the rows of our vines, is a key element in sustainability. It aids in the vineyards’ performance in three major ways:
By introducing plants between the rows of vines, we allow many types of wildlife to flourish including ladybugs, bees, owls, rabbits, and coyotes to name a few. Without the biodiversity that cover crop creates, wildlife could choose to munch on our vines more or leave all together. A healthy ecosystem is a diverse ecosystem.
When it rains hard, our cover crop helps soak in excess water. During the warm summer months, the network of root systems and shading of the soil helps retain moisture. Cover crop helps our vineyards achieve the perfect amount of soil moisture.
Grape vines have a longevity, returning to life year over year to bare fruit. Without cover crops, our soils would be sapped of many of the core nutrients needed to keep the root systems healthy. We mow and till our cover crops into our soil every year to introduce natural and healthy nutrients back into our vines.
Growing and maintaining a cover crop in our vineyards is just one way Heringer Estates practices sustainability. If you’re interested in more “green” reading enjoy our other blog post: Sustainability in Every Glass.
Written by Project Manager Lucy Ishizuka