Most of the information I've found on guilding (here, Gaia's Garden) has pertained to mature trees. What I've found about young trees has said a lot about nitrogen fixers being very helpful to the little guys. What about grass suppressors? Should we wait until the trees are a little larger or should I we get em poppin right away?
Thanks in advance!!
Maybe someone can answer this better but I understand guilding as grouping useful plants around a central plant in a way that benefits all involved. In this example I have a young fruit tree that I am planting around.
The book Gaia's Garden goes into the details more. I'm sure there are lots of other useful references (to which I would be very interested to hear about) but I'm pretty new to this stuff
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Yes, when fruit trees are young is the most important time to have grass suppressors, as their root systems are yet undeveloped. Alliums tend to do a triple purpose job of 1. bulb barrier, 2. scent confuser, 3. yumness. Add a nitrogen fixing shrub like Eleagnus, some dynamic accumulators like Comfrey (which is also a great medicinal herb and grass suppressor) and you're golden.
what is guilding
Guilding is planting helpful plants together. For instance, one plant could attract beneficial insects, another could bolster the soil and another provide erosion control.