After the manual pruning process, we integrate the ground branches back into the soil.
From an agricultural point of view, this has a positive impact because it: ;
– recycles the nutrients of the ground varetas left over from pruning
– provides the soil with organic material, and
– protects the soil against erosion.
One of the main agricultural problems with growing olive trees is erosion.
There are many practices that avoid erosion (we talked about vegetal covers a few month ago), one of these being the use of the remains from pruning to feed the soil.
Finally, there is a way to give back to the soil what it originally gave us, with an inert cover that won’t compete with the olive trees for water (as vegetal cover does) and will reduce the disaggregation of soil particles due to rain water impact..
One of the main problems of agriculture in the cultivation of olive trees is erosion.
There are many practices that prevent erosion, one of them is plant cover, additionally creating a plant cover with pruning remains is another practice in use.
It is also the way to return to the soil what it has given us, with an inert cover that does not compete with the olive tree in the use of water (as does the vegetal cover) and that reduces the disaggregation of soil particles by the rainwater impact.
On the other hand, the pruning remains integrated into the soil have a high herbicidal effect on weeds, allowing to reduce and even eliminate the doses of chemical herbicides.