We machine-pruned at Tassel Ridge when it was not raining this week. This will be a long journey because there are a lot of vines to be pruned. We are also going through the vineyard at Tassel Ridge with a “sweeper” which is a tractor-mounted rough brush that scratches the soil under the vines and removes immature weeds. This is a slow process, but it can only be done early in the season when the soil is a little damp and the weeds are very small. The last big job in the vineyard now is to apply a lime-sulfur spray to the trunks of the vines. We want to kill any fungi that have overwintered in the cracks of the trunks.