I wonder if I can get some advice as I lost the last couple of citrus trees I planted.
I've just purchased a lemon and a mandarin tree. The last couple I planted in lost and my neighbour said it was probably because I planted them level with the ground and we are in a wetland area he said citrus trees need to be raised which makes sense. Anyway I've now made a couple of raised beds for these trees and filled them with homemade green manure compost. I've also got some mycorrhizal fungi that someone recommended adding to the planting hole.
I have some pine needles iso it worth adding some to the compost?
Any info is much appreciated as I don't want to keep loosing trees
Yeah they absolutely do not like sogginess around the roots! Anywhere where water pools and stands around after a rain, even for an hour or two, or if your native soil is clayey, the policy of planting on a mound or otherwise raised situation is always good. This goes for most fruit trees actually, though some are more sensitive than others.
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit