In November, before the winter cold sets in, we "hill up" the vineyard, putting soil over the graft of each vine to protect it from winter damage. The grape hoe has a disk attachment for this purpose.
|Hedged, tucked, trimmed!|
|Sprayer - rear view|
In mid to late July, we roll nets over the fruit to prevent bird damage. This year we also purchased a propane cannon to scare birds away from the vines. Bird control is a significant challenge. Many vineyards have said 2011 was one of the worst years experienced.