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May 7, 2018 3:39 PM CST
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Can I use gold fines as ground cover with espalier apple trees in California?

I like the "napa'ish" look of using gold fines as ground cover. I have thriving espalier apple trees and I want to know if I can use gold fines instead of mulch or some other kind of ground cover.
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May 7, 2018 5:24 PM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Nutrients would be all washed away.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
May 7, 2018 7:18 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Are you talking about Sedum 'Gold Fine'? There's nothing wrong with planting ground cover under Apple trees - here is a list of suggested plants:


I would be concerned the Sedum would harbor slugs, snails and other pests that winter over in ground litter. Also, walking on your Sedum while harvesting, pruning and caring for the tree would be pretty hard on it.
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