Compost on Fruit Trees - Knowledgebase Question

Templeton, CA
Question by broos1
January 30, 1998
Is composting fruit trees worthwhile? I use it in the vegetable garden. Could I also use it around my fruit trees?


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Answer from NGA
January 30, 1998

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You can use your compost as a 4-6 inch mulch around your fruit trees. Spread it over the root area, but keep it an inch or two away from the trunks of the trees so it doesn't hold excessive moisture against the bark. As the compost breaks down it will add nutrients to the soil, which will be readily available to your tree's roots.

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