When I mowed the lawn last week I struggled around some of the fruit trees (okay, I struggled everywhere, but the trees were the worst bits). The trees that caused me the most grief were the ones that survived, against all odds, the assault of our tenants whipper snipper. They survived but remain the height they were the day we rented the house out. I’m still optimistic they’ll recover but I found myself with the same dilemma my tenants clearly had – grass was growing quite high right up to the trunk of the tree. So yesterday I dug that grass up in a ring around a couple of trees, topped the exposed soil with fresh compost and some fruit tree slow-release fertiliser, then covered the lot with sugar cane mulch. I protected the mango and cherry trees this way. The olive could do with a similar upgrade but it’s in the way of our advancing veggie bed installation so it will have to be moved soon anyway.
Behind the cherry tree (below) you can see the ancient rose bush that the tenants hacked to the ground. One shoot has reappeared – whether it’s viable or not remains to be seen. Frank moved the whole bush (and ringed it with mulch) to below the bird bath making way for, you guessed it, more veggie beds.