Bryant RedHawk wrote:The most important things to remember about fruit trees when you are formulating guilds are; 1) Fruit trees need to be free of understory to 3' from the trunk, mulch is the best thing you can put in this close to the trunk space. It does allow mycelium to thrive there.
2) Once you have the close to the trunk space mulched, from that point outward, you can plant just about anything. I like to use things like kale, any of the legumes, squash,
3) Usually it is best to start from the mulch ring with shorter plants and increase the size of plants as you get further from the trunk.
4) Don't forget that you will want to be able to get to all the plants as well as the tree for harvesting, I like to have a single path or radial paths with the tree trunk as the hub.
Most Fruit trees will have similar requirements for soil PH, nutrients, water.
The mulch ring keeps things from being in direct competition with the tree's roots while it is growing up.
Once a tree is very well established, keeping the trunk mulch ring in place, helps protect the tree from diseases and insect damage.