sparrowgrass, that sounds like fun!
pab, we love new hope and lambertville. good food, interesting shopping, some fun stuff to do. one time when we stayed at the lambertville inn, i brought my canoe to go fishing in the morning.
i actually made dw ride upstream in my modified canoe (bench seats replaced with low profile beach chairs, cooler installed in the middle as a footrest, trolling motor mounted on the stern) thru the area, under the bridge. she was terribly embarassed as we passed underneath, at about 1/4 mile per hour. tourists waved to us; i thought it was fun. she laughs about it now every time we go over that bridge.
i'm gonna look into upcoming events. they should have some festivals soon.
vagriller, i wasn't planning on mulching. i was trying to grow grass under the drip line of the tree. you see, it's not your ordinary apple tree. it's huge!
my mil planted it about 50 years ago, and it's never been pruned that much.
it's as tall as the roof of our 2 family house. a little over 2 stories. and like i said, the branch spread is about 30 feet, maybe more. it's really a shade tree for the house now, and while the apples (macintosh-like) are edible, most of them go in the mulch, or get fed to my parrots. they're very big this year, bigger than the store's produce, but are a little lumpy and spotty from bugs. i've eaten a few of the larger and blemish free ones with a knife. slicing the apple prevents getting a little green or crunchy brown surprise.
every day from july to october, i have to go around the yard and pick up apples so no one slips on them, they're like ball bearings. and every once in a while, there's a little issac newton thing going on, especially when squirrels chase each other up the tree. i was stupid to put my son's litter box, er, i mean sand box under the tree. he has to wear a helmet if he wants to play in it now.
j/k. i do have to move the sand box to a safer area soon, tho.
i'm going to add top soil to grade the area and cover a few exposed roots, then seed with a shade mix.
i'd like to put a circular bench around the trunk, or a planting bed with stone wall edging, or someting like that.
what does mulching do to help a tree? how deep, and what type of mulch is best? what about root or deep watering?
i'm not much of an arborist. what i plant grows, tree, bush, and shrub-wise so i'm happy with that.
i'm more into growing edible things.
flowers hate me, tho. they just mock me after i spend a lot of time and energy planting them, as they die under the soil...