CA Vineyard Employs Owl Army in Rodent Defense

The sustainable farming movement that is spreading through the vineyards of California is leading to more diverse vineyard environments and better harvests. In many vineyards, herbicides were once sprayed to keep the narrow corridors between vines bare and brown and now cover crops are used to crowd out weeds and attract 'good' insects to feed on the pesky ones.

One grower has put up nesting boxes and perches to attract rodent-hunting birds, including 30 owl boxes in nearby trees. Counting 500 gopher skulls in the accumulated debris under one box, made a believer out of him! To learn more about organic pest controls check out Gardens Alive's Complete Pest and Disease Guide.

Vineyard Deathmatch - Owls vs. Rodents (Full Article)

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