Next project in the old back yard: tree care and maintenance! This avocado tree has been at the old family home for at least 20 years. Once an avocado tree gets established, it's really hard to keep it down!
I cleared out all the brush near the tree by hand with a pickaxe. Next steps are going to be to build a wooden barrier around the tree to keep any invasive grasses out, then feeling the 10 x 10 box with mulch and amended soil to keep the weeds choked out and the water walked into the ground.
This process will keep going every time the tree sheds leaves. The leaves will get scooped into the mulch, and the previous year's mulch will become compost.
It's a low-tech, eternal system that keeps the soil moist and healthy! If you have a tree in your backyard, you should look into doing the same!
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