Here's what a found when I pulled back the landscape fabric around my hops. These were planted in spring of 2009.
I think its time to give the crowns a trim.
What kind do you have? I might take some off your hands if your willing to ship me some. I will pay shipping of course
Wow, very nice pictorial of what happens when you're not looking! Where did you get the fabric? Normally, that stuff is junk and am surprised they didn't poke through before now! Great pic!
Nice, I like to stick with the compost to help avoid any unexpected surprises. It also helps to do an annual pruning to keep too much running from happening. Will we see your new Rhizome website any time soon? Haha. Have fun!