I paid a quick visit to the orchard today armed with a pair of long arm shears. The objective was to trim the weeds away from the base of the hedging shrubs I planted last month. It took about an hour to complete the work as this can only be performed by hand. There's eighty shrubs to tend. I'm pleased to say they all appear to have taken after their bare root planting. A good set of leaves is appearing at the top of these plants.
Less healthy is one of the bare root apple trees I planted last December. The small whip apple tree is proving slow to sprout leaves. It was probably not helped this week when a fox dug up the roots to get at the bone meal I used when planting.