Prepping fruit trees and pathways for Spring.

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With so much winter rain we expect copious amounts of weeds to come to life, so all February, between rain breaks we’ve worked feverishly to sheet mulch our pathways, and build healthy weed free pathways.

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While I’ve been slowly pruning each fruit tree since late January, for a robust harvest and aesthetic functional shape, the kids have been learning to identify correctly planted trees from those buried too deep, creating fungal rot and understanding why pruning is necessary. They’ve removed pernicious crab grass from around the trees, exposed the root flare, and built berms and swales around each tree. They’ve used the trees own pruned stems and other woody debris for the berms and covered it all with six inches of mulch. The swales have been fed with horse bedding and compost, making sure that neither the mulch nor the compost touch the trunk. Some of the lower branches have been pulled and staked down to create a lower growing tree canopy.

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Some of the children have joined me in pruning the non fruiting shade trees, and creating mulched berms and swales around them as well. Now for Spring!

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Tahereh Sheerazie

Tahereh likes to hike, bike, quilt, cook and most of all garden. She has been a garden ranger with EnrichLa since January 2015. She teaches middle school children, many of whom have special needs which has necessitated a slow, mindful approach to place based garden education. Improving soil, making compost, harvesting water, growing natives and ancient grains and journal writing, is what she enjoys doing most with the children.

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