- Managing space between rows - soil between rows can be processed and used for growing of sub- crops, e.g. vegetables, legumes, short duration and dwarf fruit crops. It can be also grassed for green fertilization (grass is plowed into the soil) and permanently grassed. The way in which the space between the rows will be used depends upon climate conditions, planting space, terrain slope, soil type and precipitation amount.
- Managing space between plants, which can be done mechanically (if permanent soil tillage is included), biologically (regular grass mowing) or chemically (herbicides for grass and broadleaf weeds). Weed control in managed orchards requires special attention to preventing weed problems before they start.
|Cultivation/hoeing||- effective, especially on small weeds - non-selective - controls all emerged growth - equipment readily available||- may damage soil structure - may spread perennial weeds - may damage trees/roots - provides only short-term control|
|Mulching||- effective if properly managed - non-selective - suppresses all emerging weeds - holds soil moisture as well - provides long-term control||- availability of mulch - cost of mulch/application - attractive to rodents - may affect tree nutrition - must be free of weed seeds|
|Mowing||- rescue treatment - quick suppression - equipment available - reduce seed spread||- weeds may still compete - quick regrowth - several mowings required - may damage young trees|
|Herbicides||- effective - easy to apply - can be selective - timely||- require 2% soil organic matter - directed spray equipment - effects on pest complex - cost varies|
Therefore, weed management is important in crop production, as well as tracking of your farm activities with Agrivi system.