Originally Posted by lazy gardener
No that's not crazy. No more crazy than me hauling wood chips, one WB at a time to cover my little orchard (about 150' x 20') 6" deep to convert that land to BTE. BTW, the trees are loving it. I planted them last summer. The land is marginal for use for anything productive. Heavy clay, lots and lots of rocks, high water table. The wood chips are great at weed suppression, and help to buffer the water situation. I've planted daffodils (reported to repel voles) and garlic around the base of each tree, and plan to plant little clusters of predatory insect and pollinator attractors, here and there. All trees are thriving except for one little Manchurian apricot that hasn't done much since it arrived!
Why do you not want to put leaves in your orchard?
Because we also have a very high water table here it has given most of our oaks a fungus and I don't want to give that to my fruit trees I have worked so hard on.
I have a couple of fruit trees that have not done much since they were planted but at least the plum has produced fruit. The peach has now started some new growth after nearly 6 yrs. of waiting. lol
If I had healthy oaks I would love to put the leaves around my fruit but I am protecting them. We had so many oaks that my husband does not want them treated. He wants them all gone so he will have more grass for the cows to graze. So I have not bothered with them.
*Edited to add: I called a tree specialist last year and he said he could not tell me what the trees had with out coming out to look at them. But I told him when the limbs break off the center of the limbs are bright orange. How many things can make tree limbs turn bright orange in the middle?
Edited by chickadoodles - 6/2/16 at 7:09am