Trial into native grasses as ground cover on orchard mid-rows continues

30 October 2017

As part of a number of ongoing trials around improving farm management practices, Port Phillip and Westernport CMA’s Regional Landcare Facilitator, Karen Thomas, has been working with Red Hill Cherry Farm on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula and Native Seeds to run a trial site on the use of native grasses as ground cover in orchard mid-rows.

Native grasses are clumping plants so can provide better soil stability and improve ground cover. Being drought tolerant, they can also be grown right up to trees and vines without competing for water. Under-crop herbicide use can be reduced, as well as maintenance costs by mowing alternate rows.

On Friday 27th October, close to 20 farmers took part in farm walk at the cherry farm and heard about how the trial is progressing.

If you want to learn more about the trial see the Regional Landcare Facilitator section of this website.

The trial is set to continue, so stay tuned and look out for a video on the topic being released soon.

To find out more contact Karen Thomas on 8781 7945, 0427 780 170 or



This project is supported by the PPWCMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.