The use of cover crops on permanent crops has proven to be an indispensable tool in the fight against soil erosion, which also benefits the trees and the crop itself. Ground cover is key to maintaining the long-term productive capacity of soils, due not only to the conservation of the soil itself, but also in its capacity to store water.
One of the main advantages of maintaining this vegetation is that it prevents water run-off, which encourages soil erosion and desertification. Another great benefit is that the herbs attract small animals that perform a natural control of pests.
In addition, the cover crops in permanent crops have the capacity to act as a natural sink for carbon, sequestrating it from the CO2 present in the atmosphere, which causes a great deal of the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Source: Olivocongreso.com and GO Leñosost