I've managed to put some muck around the base of my trees this week. Some people don't like to do this too much as it can encourage leafy growth at the expense of fruit, but while the trees are young and establishing I think it's a good thing. I might add a final mulch of wood chip on top to help keep the weeds at bay around the base of the tree.
|Half a barrow of muck a tree|
|How the bridge graft I did in 3013 looks now|
I also looked at the bridge graft I did a couple of years ago when I had a tree ringed barked by rabbits. The tree is still growing well and both of my "bridges" are alive and looking healthy, they've gotten thicker and grown with the tree and the wounds have callused over nicely. Hopefully as the tree grows it will engulf this and in a few years time you won't be able to tell.
Does anyone else mulch their fruit trees with well rotted muck? Do you think it makes any difference?