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.