View unanswered posts | View active topics It is currently Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:59 pm



Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
 Planting wildflowers and Sudan grass and alfalfa in orchard 
Author Message

Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:54 pm
Posts: 5
Location: Prospect Heights, 60070, IL
Post Planting wildflowers and Sudan grass and alfalfa in orchard
I had what I thought was a marvelous idea. In the spring I tilled and planted wild flowers, Sudan grass and alfalfa under and around my 65+- fruit tree orchard. Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Pears etc. It all grew thru the summer and near mid August I had grasses and flowers a yard high throughout the orchard. And then low and behold, I had massive ant armies in the trees, by the tens of thousands, as well as innumerable insects climbing up the grasses and flowers into the trees. I had to mow it all back.


Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:41 pm
Profile

Joined: Sun May 15, 2005 10:57 am
Posts: 1354
Location: Portland, OR
Post Re: Planting wildflowers and Sudan grass and alfalfa in orch
Tilling around your fruit trees is something that I wouldn't do. Shallow roots get chopped. Instead, I would plant daffodils, leeks, comfrey, yarrow, dandelions, and other flowers around the dripline to keep out grass. Tilling kills useful mycorrizae and microbiology that the tree is using. Wildflowers could be good, but I wouldn't till.
John S
PDX OR


Fri Aug 01, 2014 11:37 am
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 2 posts ] 

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to: