adding raw manure to fruit trees
I have an opportunity to get some manure this weekend. Basically patties in an open pasture I am going to shovel into my truck.
My question is what is the best time of the year to add this raw manure around the trees in my orchard? (They are apples) And should I stock pile it for a while and try and let it decompose or compost or can I just add it around the trees?
Lastly, my trees are mulched. Should I pull the mulch back and then apply the manure or can I just add the manure on top of the mulch?
I am in central NC if that makes any difference. Thanks much.