WHAT TO PLANT IN THE STEM CIRCLES OF FRUIT TREES?
Those who like to dig and dig up everything that only gets under the shovel will lose their hands after reading this letter: how is it, are there really other ways? Yes, there are, and even what!
I will write about how you can turf the soil in the garden and get rid of the tree trunks. From year to year, I dug up tree-trunk circles under the trees, until over time this work became unbearable for me. In my young garden, I have more than 30 young trees, plus old fruit-bearing ones. Those that I left for stubbing have tree-trunk circles overgrown a long time ago.
I understand that it is impossible to completely protect the garden from weeds, but prevention in it must be carried out regularly. Weed control tactics are different. I cleaned annuals with a hoe until the seeds ripened, and did not let perennials scatter in the garden with the help of herbicides or dug them out throughout the season so that the overgrown garden would not depress me with its sloppy appearance. In the end, I decided that sodding the garden would require less physical strength and maintenance.
On a shovel bayonet, I and my household assistants dug up the entire young garden as best they could, chose roots, broke clods of earth and sowed field grass and oatmeal seeds (you can also use meadow bluegrass and stunted buttercups). The field bale gave a mustache, like a strawberry, and when watering, these long creeping stalks took root in the ground.
Oatmeal (aka fescue) resembles oats in its appearance. Its long, thin leaves eventually filled the sod. Perhaps the seeds of these cultivated herbs are sold in large garden stores, but my
friend. I shared with her the surplus harvest of pumpkins for the calf, and she gave me grass seeds as unnecessary. Barter!
Bunting and bent grass do not cause any harm to fruit trees, however, certain requirements for caring for them must be observed. First of all, to monitor the cleanliness of the sod: the soil should not be allowed to overgrow with creeping wheatgrass or dandelion - it is they who will drown out these cultivated species of grasses. Wheatgrass also gives off toxic substances, and grass around it can die.
There is a lot of shade under the crowns of trees, so for sowing it is necessary to select the grass that can withstand the absence of light and loves moisture. This is just a white bent, red fescue, meadow bluegrass, clover.
In the first half of summer, the husband trims every two weeks with a trimmer, the herbage by this time grows up to 20 cm.The husband leaves a stubble 4-5 cm high, we feed it with nitrogen fertilizers, scattering the granules around the garden, then water the soil, the granules have dissolved. But in dry times, we water it more often and deeper: the water must soak the entire thickness of the sod and even reach the root layer of the trees.
With regular mowing, I create a dense turf, because after cutting the grass gives side shoots, and the grass grows thicker. After each mowing, I remove the fallen grass with a fan rake - it is very convenient to work with them, they comb the sod well and do not leave any debris behind. I use the cut grass as mulch.
Shade-resistant and moisture-loving grasses should be sown in the garden, and drought-resistant and light-loving grasses should be sown only on the lawn. The worst thing when mowing grass is ropes, twine, wire, or coarse stems of barbed blackberries or gooseberries, abandoned or forgotten in the grass.
The sod must have a flat surface, no pits and depressions are allowed, otherwise water will collect there during the winter thaws.
In the second half of summer, starting in August, the husband mows the grass stand every three weeks and leaves the stubble a little higher than the summer one - 7-8 cm, so that it receives more light and oxygen, otherwise it may be threatened with complete disappearance. If you do a short haircut, then a bald spot may appear next year. In order for the sod to remain even, monochromatic and lush, it is necessary to regularly mow down the grass, then the backyard garden will not lose its attractiveness.
But there is one big but. Here and there, malicious perennials such as horse sorrel, burdock, thistle thistle, thistle, horsetail, nettle and ragweed can appear in this green juicy splendor. These are the main competitors of cultivated herbs in the garden in the struggle for survival.
I will highlight four main reasons why perennials can appear in the garden: poor site preparation, improper care, birds and wind.
If annual weeds can be removed with a hoe and not allowed to seed, then I apply herbicides to perennials or regularly mow down the aboveground part to deplete their root system. After five or six braces, the weed will disappear completely - I use a systemic herbicide in the event that the underground organs have already grown. It is especially difficult to remove those weeds that have passed through the bushes of berries, such as gooseberries, and wrapped around their stems or roots.
And creeping wheatgrass just likes to grow inside gooseberries or settle on a plot of strawberries. I then apply a contact herbicide: I put on rubber gloves and apply a special purchased gel to the leaves of the weed with a brush. As a result of this action, wheatgrass gradually dies without harming the gooseberry. You can still tightly overlay the shrubs with cardboard and, in order to avoid an unaesthetic look, sprinkle sawdust, shell, pebbles, rubble on the cardboard. In the fall, I always remove the fallen leaves from the trees in my garden. If you leave it for two to three weeks, then in damp autumn weather the grass will lose its green color and become covered with mold.
My garden is more than three acres, so I use a trimmer with the engine up: it is more powerful and lasts longer, and I have to mow a lot in my low-lying garden area.
Conclusion: grass turf is much better than continuous digging of a garden and tree-trunk circles! Comfortable, clean and beautiful - what else do you need?
© Author: Galina I. SHCHEKALEVA. Krasnodar cut
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