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Post  countrynaturals on 6/2/2016, 1:11 am

We have fig trees that we love above all of our other plants (except maybe our redwoods). When we planted them, we put a ring of big rocks around them and used our wonderful clay "soil" as mortar, to create a basin so we could conserve water. 

For 2 years, while building a barn, chicken coop, hanging fence, etc., we didn't have time to do much for these trees. During that time, a beautiful thick carpet of clover grew up inside their water basins. Since clover is a cover crop, we thought it might be a better mulch than wood chips, so we left it alone. The trees are happy, healthy, and productive, so I see no reason to pull up the clover. What do you all think? (When time permits, I will do a nicer job of cleaning up around the outside.  Embarassed)

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Post  trolleydriver on 6/2/2016, 8:51 am

Looks great to me and it doesn't cost anything.  The tree and the clover seem to be getting along just fine.

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Post  has55 on 6/2/2016, 10:16 am

@trolleydriver wrote:Looks great to me and it doesn't cost anything.  The tree and the clover seem to be getting along just fine.
+1, I love living mulch.

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/2/2016, 1:04 pm

I may do a little more research on this, since we have several other fruit trees without living mulch, that aren't doing that great. There's probably nothing I can do until this fall but use wood chip mulch, but then I might just plant living mulch around the rest of them. I love vetch and so do the bees, so maybe that's the way to go. thinking

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Post  has55 on 6/2/2016, 3:51 pm

root flares

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Post  countrynaturals on 6/2/2016, 7:46 pm

@has55 wrote:root flares
I think they're all planted at the proper depth and I'm always careful to keep the mulch away from the trunks, but I will be careful when planting the cover crop, not to raise the dirt level. Thanks for the heads-up, has55.  thanks

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