We practice what we call <<integrated battle>> against pests, diseases and weeds! We are lucky growers because peonies is almost free of pests. In fact, the main challenge for a grower is not to grow peonies but.....to control weeds. To take care of this main issue without using pesticides, we use <<geotextile mulch>> on all our production fields. This is lots of costly efforts but it works. The rest is done manually.
Geotextile is not only excellent against weeds, it has many good side effects for our peonies.....It contributes to dry and heat the soil, helping against rots and fungus diseases and create a very good environment to grow a plant. And last advantage....cut flowers on geotextile are <<clean>> i.e. free of any trace of soil, limiting the presence of insects into the flowers. Better for our customers.
Our production fields are well drained and our farm is located beside beautiful Saint-Lawrence River...with good winds 365 days a year. Excellent to control fungus diseases on foliage.