[NAFEX] Dwarf Trees in sod
lreich at hvc.rr.com
Thu Sep 9 07:03:27 EDT 2004
Sod would reduce growth by competing for nutrients and water. Nutrients
and water are especially critical for young trees and for trees on
dwarfing rootstocks. An older tree, especially on a seedling rootstock,
would not be affected. There's also potential for mouse damage when sod
grows right up to the trunk.
On Sep 9, 2004, at 6:20 AM, Jason MacArthur wrote:
> I am wondering what experience NAFEXers have allowing sod to grow in
> around established dwarf apple trees. It seems that no commercial
> growers do this, but I am wondering, would the sod kill the tree or
> just reduce vigor, fruit size, things of that nature. I am growing on
> moderately fertile soil with drip irrigation. Anyone else doing this?
> Jason MacArthur
> Marlboro, Vt.
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