"Mowing": care for the whole apple orchard

We’d like to introduce you to the mowing scene: care for the whole apple orchard.

 

 

The farmers grow weeds to prevent moisture loss in the ground, soil erosion and to supply organic substances.

  *Soil erosion means the washing away of soil by the flow of rainwater and wind, thus wasting the land.
  *A supply of organic substances means the supply of necessary nutrition to grow apples properly.
  The leguminous plants will supply nitrogen to the soil and decomposed mowed grass becomes nutrients.

  

When the grass grows too high, however, it absorbs the moisture and nutrients of the soil.  Also, bugs and mice tend to inhabit tall grass fields.  So, the grass has to be mowed 4 to 6 times a year.

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In this orchard, they were using a vehicle type mower, and riding it like a go-cart.

It runs fast and it’s efficient for mowing a large area.  But they need to be cautious not to collide with branches.

 

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They tried to cut to the edge of the tree trunks.  They used a hand-held weed whacker for any parts they couldn’t mow, along with the work of thinning.

 

 

This process should be done every time the grass grows.  It takes many hours depending on the scale of the orchard.  But it’s worth doing not only as a countermeasure for bugs and mice, but also for a neat and easy working atmosphere.

 

In the case of a long spell of fine weather, some don’t cut the grass for a while to prevent evaporation of the soil.  Others intentionally cut the grass higher.  The method and timing of mowing are all different depending on each individual. 

 

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There are reasons to allow weeds to grow.  Mowing can reduce noxious insects and diseases while keeping the orchards clean.  It is a critical process to produce delicious apples.  When we talk about apple cultivation, we tend to focus on fruit and trees.  But mowing grass to care for the whole orchard is one of the important jobs as well.

 

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