4 tips to keep your fruit trees healthy
At my new home, I inherited a small orchard, right outside my door. It is one of the first things guests see when they visit, and my partner and I have had several discussions about them looking unattractive. We’ve talked about removing them several times, but I realized that the trees aren’t the problem; it is the way we perceive them.
Instead of removing the trees, I made them look better, made them easier to care for and improved their health all with a few simple steps. I used my favourite cardboard and mulching technique around my fruit trees. Here is the logic behind it:
1. Insects, bacteria and fungus all make their home in the grass and dead branches at the bottom of a tree. Keeping these areas clear results in less pesticides and chemicals needed on your fruit.
2. By removing the other plant competition like the weeds with the cardboard barrier, the trees now get better access to more water and more nutrients.
3. The mulch and the cardboard naturally break down in the soil, adding more food to the soil, effectively feeding your trees for significantly longer.
And probably the most important reason…
4. The dark brown mulch around the trees helps to make them look like they belong. They are part of the landscape instead of an eyesore off in the corner.
Planting a fruit tree is definitely a commitment. If you are considering having fresh, chemical-free produce in your backyard or already do and just want to reduce the maintenance and make those trees look a little better, then try my technique. You may be surprised just how sweet the rewards really are!