Orchard and vineyard soil preparation is carried out using our Gramegna 3m and Falconero spading machines. These are mounted agricultural machines designed for loosening and breaking up the soil. Spading prepares the soil prior to subsequent work, preparing the seed bed in a single pass.

The spading machine is used as a tractor accessory attachment in the field. The principle is the same as that of spading by hand with a spade: blades are driven alternately into the soil, clods are lifted and thrown backwards, and the surface is levelled off by the action of a bar or rake. The spading machine detaches rather than slicing, leaving a porous, permeable bed that allows the soil to breathe and absorb water.

Our Gramegna 3m machine is wider than our smaller Falconaro Spading Machine. It can therefore be mounted to a larger more powerful tractor, giving us the capability of covering larger areas of ground more quickly.

Advantages of using a spading machine:

  • The soil is “worked” rather than simply turned over; this means that the root system of crops can still access the most fertile surface layer.
  • Aerates and enriches the soil.
  • Minimises leeching and soil erosion.
  • Enhances rooting and growth of new plants.
  • The spading machine can work in wet soil.
  • It mixes manure and items uniformly.
  • The clods lifted are and ideal size.
  • The soil is left perfectly levelled.
  • Typical horsepower requirements are modest.
  • Fuel consumption is significantly reduced.

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