We liked this article about KEEPING URBAN TREES HEALTHY DURING DRY TIMES. It states that the
mortality of urban landscape trees frequently reaches 30% in the first year after planting, sometimes rising to 70%, with both lack of water and sub-optimal soils usually to blame.
Lack of water? Check!
Sub-optimal soil? Check!
Our fruit tree mortality rate is approximately 1%. Yes, one percent. An additional two or three percent thanks to vandals. Not even the rabbits accomplished that much even though we all know full well that they were trying!
We must be doing something right, and we are a tiny little bit pleased about that.
Bring wheelbarrows or digging forks for mulching if you can, buckets for watering or scythes, slashers, gloves and secateurs for weed control. Or just bring yourself! No experience necessary; full training given right there and then in under one minute.
Did I just hear another record being broken?