Identification cards detailing key information about native grasses.
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Factsheets & other resources
An extract of a report prepared by Mary Retallack for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
All parts of the vineyard have the potential to foster biodiversity, including the vineyard floor. Management of the vineyard floor can enhance important aspects of the vineyard ecosystem, particularly pest control and soil health.
The species chosen for cover cropping are generally those that are familiar to the grower and are known to perform well in a particular environment, and for which seed can be cheaply and readily obtained. In the past, this has limited the choice to the standard crops grown in arable agriculture – cereals, grain legumes, oilseeds, pasture grasses and legumes. Over the last decade, however, the potential for substitution of the exotic cover crop species with natives has been investigated, and substantial benefits from their adoption have now been recognised.
Chemical applications have negative impacts on the populations of beneficial insects of vineyard pests, but these can be minimised by considered use of the chemicals applied.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards: Creek line restoration, disposal of treated winery wastewater onto native plantings, and the production of compost for use in the vineyard
Vineyard Manager Richard Wellsmore and Viticulturist Kevin Fiddaman are in the process of restoring the creek lines bordering Wirra Wirra’s McMurtrie Road vineyards. They are working on an innovative solution to reuse treated winery wastewater and Richard has been producing high value compost for use on the vineyards from locally sourced ‘waste’ materials.
By planting the endemic native plants of the area around each of our vineyards, we are bringing more natural biodiversity back into the vineyard.
Marty Smith started planting buckwheat in the mid row three seasons ago to encourage beneficials into the vineyard. Initially Marty had varying results, but has now worked out a good approach to get the best out of his buckwheat plantings.
John and Linda Hilditch purchased their vineyard 12 years ago and have been steadily improving the biodiversity on their property, by revegetating with a range of species for economic, aesthetic, ecological and sustainability reasons.
Paxton Vineyards: Disposal of winery wastewater onto native plantings and enhancing soil biodiversity
Michael Paxton is in the process of reusing winery wastewater on a native plantings (mixed species).