We use agricultural plastic to avoid competition with the grass, to advance the crops by capturing the energy of the sun and to save water by avoiding evapotranspiration.
We also recycle the irrigation pipes and the thermal blanket that we use to protect the crops from frost and premature blooming.
Another species that can cause economic damage to crops – and this is not a common insect or pest – are pigeons, especially woodpigeons, which fly in large bands and in the early stages of the plant, when it is more tender, in a few hours can destroy a large area.
That is why we install owls and other scarecrows to prevent them from perching on the field after transplanting.
The most effective scarecrow is the cub that reproduces the silhouette of an eagle. Thanks to its movement, no matter how little the wind blows, it prevents pigeons, rabbits and other rodents from entering the fields of the Mas del Hondo, thus protecting the crops.
Net for rabbits.
The loss of biodiversity means that some species can become pests. This is the case of rabbits, which without the presence of the birds of prey that control them cause significant damage to crops. Especially when the crops have just been transplanted.
For this reason, in addition to encouraging the reintroduction of eagles, hawks, owls and other birds, we have had to close the fields with a mesh buried half a meter and more than five kilometers in perimeter.
To encourage the installation of birds of prey, we have set up posts that serve as elevated observation points, without the danger of electrocution posed by the power lines.