Soil Health Overview

Soil Health

We recently went to Marlborough and looked at the application of organic matter and compost in local vineyards and how it affects soil health. We brought along expert and soil consultant, Geoff Warmouth who gave us insights into the different soil types in the vineyards. One of the biggest issues is the variation in soils. […]

The Best Soil PH Level For Your Plants

PH Levels In Soil

Having the right PH level will contribute to how well your plants absorb nutrients, the plants growth and preventing insufficient blooms or crops. The pH level is a measure of acidity that is represented by a value between 0 and 14. Anything below 7.0 is considered acidic and anything above is alkaline. finding the right […]

Benefits of Compost in Viticulture

Increasingly, large vineyards are yielding the benefits of giving back to the soil that provides for them by increasing organic matter through the use of products like Hort Compost. The Grape Days seminar, New Zealand Wine Growers annual technical event, held recently in Marlborough, had a focus on fighting disease, innovating and the future.    […]

Application of Compost for Different Soil Types

Soil Health Consultants Explain the Importance of Organic Matter in Viticulture

Soil performs vital functions in our ecosystems. The soil stores reserves of water for plants, controls water seepage into streams and groundwater and reduces rapid runoff that could cause erosion and floods. The soil stores carbon, (storing about four times more than plants), so it helps minimise the release of carbon dioxide into the air. […]

Compost Mulch Treats Sodic Soils in Vineyards

Marlborough vineyards are overcoming sodic soil conditions by the application of compost as mulch.  In this article, Wholesale Landscapes looks at the problem and investigates methods of treatment.   Sodic soils are characterised by high levels of exchangeable sodium, which impedes water infiltration and water availability, adversely affecting plant growth. Sodic soils are innately unstable, exhibiting poor physical […]