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Good mulching will help the roots grow
By Piero Bianchessi, Former Owner and Operator of Venui Vanilla
Goal 1 : to maintain a well mown grass cover between the vanilla lines
Goal 2 : to help retain soil humidity and shade the roots when the vanilla roots run outside the mulch
When : All year – 3 to 4 times a year
Tools : Bush knife
FACTS : Over the years the vanilla roots will run outside the mulch between the rows of vanilla. Therefore grass cover is essential to maintain soil humidity, lower the temperature and share the roots from the sun. However, it is also essential to keep the grass short and weed free to avoid insect infestations.
- (1) Do not cut or weed the grass cover to bare soil
- (2) Grass will not grow under excessive shade
Cut the grass parallel to the soil, a few centimeters above the ground and pull out weeds by hand – DO NOT cut into the soul with a bush knife!