Here are some photos of our fruit orchard planting. They work both as a grand statement as you enter the Procter campus, and soon enough, the bearers of tasty fruit!
90 apple trees in 3 varieties (Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, & Zestar) line the drives leading to the upper and lower parking lots
29 cherry trees (stella variety) line the sidewalks leading to the chapel. These will get mulch around thier base as well - just as soon as the ground is a bit firmer. Don't want to leave any tire marks!
This is the mulch we are using to create a "forest floor" around the base of the fruit trees. It was trimed and chiped from trees in Madison County that were getting in the way of power lines. Thank you Ohio Edison for giving us your clippings! Because the chips were made from the tips of trees, where all the growth is happening, they have greater propensity to encourage fungal growth and benefit the root structure of the fruit trees. As with all ground covering, they also help to hold moisture in the soil. This type of mulch is called ramial wood mulch.
Daffodils emit a natural odor that warns a variety of pests to "stay away!" because they're toxic to eat. This may be frustrating for all the deer, rodents, and rabbits that would like to dig up and trot off with bulb treats, but its a great way for humans to protect structures or plantings from damage. This fall we'll be receiving 600 mixed variety daffodil bulbs to plant around the base of each of the fruit trees. These early-blooming flowers will not only dazzle all who drive past them but also deter pests from nibbling on the bark and branches of the young fruit trees. Isn't nature great?!