Getting the biggest harvests
Meadow-style planting looks lovely growing beneath apple and other fruit trees. However, if you’re after a bumper harvest, keeping the area below your tree free of competing plants will leave more water and nutrients available for your tree. Spread a mulch of garden compost around the base of the tree each spring, ensuring the area extends at least 1m from the trunk. Try to avoid letting the compost sit directly in contact with the trunk, as this could encourage fungal diseases.