|South of house, fig tree row. 8.31.14|
|Plastic to eliminate sod and weeds. 8.31.14|
Some of the fig tree / bushes have small figs. I don't know if we'll get ripe ones this fall.
Earlier this month, I mowed down the weeds and weedy grass, and used the cuttings for mulch around the trees. I have been adding spiny juniper trimmings to reduce small herbivore browsing. Sort of a wreath around the trees. Not near the trees, but in a row on each side, I treated the lawn with nitrogen / pee-cycle. I don't want to stimulate fig plant growth, but I do want sod that can be mowed and walked on for better access.
At the rear of the photo, not showing well and fore-shortened due to distance, is the first of the black plastic mulches to heat/exclude water/ exclude light. That can be left until Spring. Then, broadcast bee forage seeds - borage or others, and I have a nice bee-foraging area. Plan to do the same between the fig trees, which will ease mowing and feed bees.
|Better view of plastic weed eliminator. 9.1.14|