6 thoughts on “Fruit Trees: Mulching with Cardboard and Wood Chips

    Tall Cedars

    (April 13, 2020 - 11:37 am)

    Hello Chris, you mention in a comment here about the wood chips being broken down by fungi rather than bacteria. I can see this being important for trees so next time I find free mulch I will pick some up. We have always used hay piled 8" in the fall but it's doesn't last long and as you mention, it has bacteria not the fungi that is beneficial to trees, just like in the forests. It also found hay invites mice to build homes in winter too. But the book Teaming With Microbes by Lowenfels was a good read last year although I didn't pick up on the fungus/bacteria differences as fertilizer, so that is an important tip you have mentioned here. Thanks a bunch once again:)


    (April 13, 2020 - 11:37 am)

    Thought I would check out your channel! I am getting ready to use cardboard under my 2 year old muscadine grapevine to kill the weeds and using wood chip mulch as a cover. I am glad to see you leaving a well around the trunk. You see mulch up against the bark everywhere you look done by professional landscapers. It softens the bark which allows disease to enter the tree and it can girdle the tree and kill it. With all of the stores bailing the waste cardboard it is sometimes hard to find. It is a win/win situation! Simply solution and it really helps on cutting the grass. More small trees are killed by weed wackers and the lawnmower gouging holes in the bark. Good information!! Bernard

    Trish V

    (April 13, 2020 - 11:37 am)

    I notice you raked the mulch all the way down past the outside perimeter of the cardboard- do you have any trouble with grass runners invading through that edge? I've been afraid to pull wood chips that far down, because the Bermuda grass and St. Augustine's are so aggressive here- TIA! 🙂


    (April 13, 2020 - 11:37 am)

    nice jam lol

    I wonder if I should use my wood chips around my fruit trees in the parkway? We are in a serious drought. I just never know if the tree is getting enough water. My moisture meter only goes down 9". Well, it couldn't hurt. I don't need cardboard, no weeds, no grass, so I'll just put on the wood chips. Enjoyed the video, cats really help in the garden, eh?


    (April 13, 2020 - 11:37 am)

    I've read wood mulch around fruit trees is bad, inviting mold and fungi and bacteria.   Is true?  We just planted 11 fruit trees from Lowes and I'm trying to figure out what to mulch with.

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