Best mulch for new apple trees
We planted 2 apple trees (our first) that we purchased at our local nursery. Both are on M111 rootstock and came from Dave Wilson's nursery. One is Anna, the other Dorsett Golden.
They're doing very well and have produced a few apples this year after thinning. They were mulched with some bark chips after planting but the whole area needs a thick mulch for summer. Soil is clay. This area is a work-in-progress, and the adjacent path will be filled with crushed rock after the central bed is mulched.
We're planning to buy some scoops of bark mulch on Friday to cover the entire center bed (between the path and fence). I like the type of mulch that has bark pieces + some fines, but I'm wondering that type is best. We'll reapply it each year as needed.