Over the course of the summer the appearance of the meadow has changed for the better. With a monthly mowing regime & improved drainage, the dominant plant species Juncus effuses (Common Rush) is on the decline & replaced with the more pleasing to walk on Grass.
In addition to this, the selection of trees that punctuate the meadow are being tidied by removing the strong growing grass & docks that encircle them with a neat mulched circle.
The mulch is important as it;
- reduces competition from other plant species
- retains moisture
- feeds the plant
- gives the tree more air flow which is important in reducing bacterial & viral diseases
- improves the trees appearances
The Sweet Chestnut was in a rather poor state
... strangled with couch grass, chicken wire & bramble
This old Chestnut. Black Mypex originally used to suppress weed & clearly not working
Final job, mulched with a coat of wood chippings
Malus Red Sentinel mulched & looking tidier
The fruit trees, weeded & mulched