- Pruning, weed control, mulching, and fertilizing are annual chores
- Pruning is the most labor intensive part of the farms maintenance but without
question, the most important.
- The objective of pruning is to take off the oldest, least productive stems (basically,
there should not be any stems left on the bush that are more than about 5 years
- Most of the pruning is done while the plants are dormant (Nov – April)
- It takes about 6 weeks each year to prune the patch.
- Properly pruned bushes continue to produce for many years
- Our oldest bushes are over 29 years old and still going strong
- A band of sawdust mulch is applied along each row of bushes to conserve moisture,
reduce root zone temperature fluctuations, and reduce weeds
- Bushes are fertilized in April, May, June, and July. (About 2 tons total)
- Weekly mowing of nearly 20 acres maintains the entire patch, patch perimeter,
parking areas, and farm access roads at lawn height during picking season