April 19, 2018

Timeline and Images

A direct chronological comparison of the traditional matted row system and the wool-canola mulch system.

Establishment Year

Month/Year Matted Row Wool-Canola Mulch
April

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Add essential nutrients according to soil test results.

Proper tillage to incorporate nutrients and prepare ground for planting.

Install drip irrigation system if desired.

 

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Add essential nutrients according to soil test results.

Proper tillage to incorporate nutrients.

 

May

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Plant dormant strawberry transplants into rows at 18 inch spacing and 4 feet between rows.

Immediately after planting, spray pre-emergent herbicide.

Immediately after herbicide application, irrigate planting to water strawberry transplants and incorporate herbicide.

Check planting for replants. Plant new transplants where certain plants did not initiate growth.

Remove strawberry flowers from transplants. This practice initiates vegetative growth with no fruit in first year. Continue this practice through late June.

Mehcanical and hand weeding to eliminate weeds and to move runners into rows to keep rows at no more than 18-24 inches wide.

 

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Sow canola.

Canola grows through May, June.

 

June

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Two to three additional applications of nitrogen fertilizer to stimulate vegetative growth. Continue this practice through September 1.

Mechanical, hand weeding and runner placement as needed.

 

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Canola grows.

 

 

 

July

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Apply second round of pre-emergent herbicide to control late season weeds. Irrigate in.

Mechanical, hand weeding and runner placement as needed.

 

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Apply Roundup herbicide to kill canola. As canola is dying a toxin is released to inhibit weed seed germination. Canola is left on surface of soil. If incorporated, toxin is not effective against weed seed germination.

Till and create semi-raised beds for planting strawberries.

 

August

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Mechanical, hand weeding and runner placement as needed.

 

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Plant dormant strawberry transplants in double ribbon row.

Cover with wool mulch fabric in row to inhibit weed-seed emergence in row.

Sow canola seed between strawberry rows to inhibit weed seed emergence.

Irrigate immediately after planting, wool mulch installation, and canola sowing.

 

September

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Mechanical, hand weeding and runner placement as needed.

 

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Appy Roundup herbicide to kill canola, as above.

 

 

October

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Mechanical, hand weeding and runner placement as needed.

 

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Install floating row cover to enhance fall growth.

 

November

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Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This herbicide will activate itself in Spring to control early and into harvest weeds.

Lay winter protective straw mulch over plot.

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Remove floating row covers, lay winter protective mulch over plot.

 

First Harvest Year

Month/Year Matted Row Wool-Canola Mulch
April

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Remove straw mulch

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Remove straw mulch and install floating row covers.

May

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Apply Poast herbicide to control volunteer grains and grasses.At 10% bloom, apply insecticide for tarnished plant bug control and fungicide to control botrytis fruit rot.

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Remove floating row covers at 10% bloom to enhance insect activity for pollination.Apply insecticide for tarnished plant bug control soon after row cover removal.

June

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At 50% bloom, apply second fungicide to control botrytis fruit rot.Harvest begins around June 15This year (2008), with the extended cold spring, harvest began 2 weeks later.

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Harvest begins around June 10.This year (2008), with the extended cold spring, harvest began 2 weeks later.

July

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Harvest continues.

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Harvest continues.