June quickly became a dry month with no rainfall in the south-east during the first two weeks, putting our newly planted fruit and hedge trees at risk, despite a wetter than usual spring. So, we spent much of the month watering young trees. While visiting an orchard we planted in Wrecclesham, we found trees that had been mulched were fairing much better than those without mulch, with leaves becoming brown on un-mulched saplings.
We also installed watering posters, supplied by the Arboricultural Association, providing guidance on watering and requesting for local residents to help with the watering during dry spells.
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Gareth is an ecologist interested in conserving traditional orchards and heritage fruit, for people and wildlife.