When we planted our first peach tree, we had no idea that just one tree could provide us with so much bounty and beauty. If you want to turn your property into a edible garden, fruit trees are an excellent way to start.
|Here's a good photo showing how the top soil is dry and needs to be worked. But, beneath it, there is rich, dark soil from previous years of layering the mulch.|
Mulching and watering are especially important for the tree's first year. The root system or root ball is still shallow and will dry out quickly in our hot summer heat. Our desert soil can easily turn to clay, preventing water from absorbing evenly. As the tree matures, and with proper watering, the roots will eventually spread wide and deep. Mulching aids with watering, it helps retain moisture and keeps the weeds under control. We add some of our coarsely decayed compost around the base of the young tree, being careful not to till too deeply and disturb the shallow roots. This compost eventually breaks down, adding organic matter to the soil, feeding the tree. We are lucky to have flood irrigation in our neighborhood, this means every two weeks our trees are flooded with at least twelve inches of water. That's a good, deep watering that I am sure our trees love and that I am immensely thankful for!
|This Desert Gold Peach is next in line for it's organic mulch treatment!|
|Love this illustration showing the amazing root system of a tree!|
|This tree is mulched out to the drip line of the tree, if possible extend it even wider.|
|Hubby and I are good at multi-tasking. We mulch, turn and water and I almost always have loppers in my hands for unruly branches! Summer pruning is an endless task!|
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