How to Manage Pests
Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Weed management around fruit and nut trees
Keep weeds or other plants away from the base of trees with handweeding or mulching. Don’t
allow your lawn to grow within a foot or two of the trunk. A mulch placed around tree trunks will
help control weeds. Herbicides should not be necessary. Remove all weeds, lawn and other plants
before mulching. You can use organic mulches such as wood chips, bark chips, sawdust, or compost
with or without fabric barriers. Instead of a fabric barrier, you can use a newspaper mulch. Wet
some newspaper and put a layer about 2 sheets thick around the base of the tree. Place a 2 to 4-inch
layer of mulch on top on the newspaper. Be sure to keep mulch at least 6 to 12 inches away from
the base of trees.
Weeds around the trunk of trees are difficult to mow, can harbor pests, can promote
crown diseases, and can compete for water and nutrients.