Weeds

Weeds are opportunistic plants that take advantage of bare soil, moisture and nutrients to grow. In vineyards not all weeds are considered a problem, as some can be used to increase organic matter levels in soil, provide fodder for livestock, prevent soil erosion and even cool soil surfaces in summer. Weeds are, however, viewed as a problem in vineyards when they compete with vines for soil moisture and nutrients, interrupt vineyard machinery and operations, harbour vine pests, pose a fire risk or even cause taints in wines. To combat the negative attributes of weeds, there are a multitude of weed control options available. This page provides links to a range of resources on vineyard weeds and weed control.