Compost Under Vines Trial

This three year project aimed is to assess whether the application of compost mulch under vines would reduce weed densities and herbicide use, improve water use efficiency and soil health and reduce vine stress on extreme heat days.

It trialled fine compost and compost mulch from urban green waste (in comparison with a control) in a 100cm wide strip under the vines at four vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula.

The trial was funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and was run in conjunction with the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network, the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association and the Australian Organics Recycling Association.

The final year of the trial is now complete and interesting results have been recorded and observed.