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Green cover in orchards

Perennial grasses in orchards and vineyards between rows to provide permanent soil cover. Green cover comprises naturally-occurring, or sown, perennial grasses which form the permanent soil cover. It is an effective practice to provide a natural supply of mineral elements to the soil surface, while the stabilisation of root system improves the soil physical properties. The permanent soil cover prevents water erosion and limits the leaching of nutrients and pesticides.

Note: For this SLM technology case, the SPI report on Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change, refers to: McGourty, G. 1994. Cover crops for North Coast vineyards. Practical Winery & Vineyard 15 (2), 8–15.

Land use type
Technology group
Vegetation management
Type of land degradation addressed
Biological degradation
Water degradation
Green cover in orchards