[nafex] mowing-mulching

del stubbs pinewoodel at hotmail.com
Mon May 7 14:01:01 EDT 2001

thanks Gord for the thorough reply, much to consider. Glad to hear that the 
fiberglas screen worked, its easier to get free used than the metal is. I'll 
look into the mulching blades as well. Del

>From: "Gord Hawkes" <logcabinorchard at cyberus.ca>

>Greetings Del.  We put down hay mulch around newly planted trees until they
>are able to fend for themselves (five years), with great success (just
>finished spreading about 200 bales).  This mulch moderates soil
>temperatures, reduces moisture loss and feeds the trees gradually.  With
>mature trees we allow the grass to grow under the tree canopy and sickle 
>it around the first cutting of hay in our area and let it decompose in
>place.  We sickle mow again just before harvest.  After leaf fall we flail
>mow under the tree canopy to break up fallen leaves and remaining grass
>I suspect your mower does not mow under the trees but rather shoots the
>clippings under the tree canopy from the rows.  To decrease vole habitat 
>might consider raking the mulch/clippings into your rows in fall and then 
>early spring mow the clippings back under your trees.  This will help break
>up the leaves and reduce scab spore load.  To assist in breaking up the 
>litter and mulch you might consider mulching blades for the mower.  Last
>point, we used fibreglass screening for the first time this past winter 
>great success - no damage whatsoever.
>Best regards,
>Gord Hawkes
>Log Cabin Orchard
>Osgoode, Ontario
>Canada, EH?
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