[NAFEX] mowing orchards

Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
Fri Aug 22 14:58:56 EDT 2008

My approach is similar to Mark's although I do grow small flowered herbs
in my mulched tree area with the intent of increasing beneficials.  I
have grass in 5 foot paths between my rows of trees in beds. These paths
are mowed.  I heavily mulch the beds with wood chips, I do some small
amount of hand weeding, I use glyphosate sparingly along the edge
between the mulched bed grass paths.  I do not spray in the beds due to
herbs and root stock suckers. I use a weed whacker to create an edge
between grass and bed a few times per season.

I have dwarf trees and their branches start 1 -2 feet off the ground.
They extend over the mulch so mowing is not an issue.

Betsy Hilborn
7a NC

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