"bedding" for beneath tall native persimmons

cousinfloydOctober 22, 2013

I'm interested in hearing ideas and pros/cons for various materials to grow or place beneath native persimmon trees, especially tall trees with fruit that can go splat and then get dirt/grass/etc. stuck in with the pulp when it drops.

I assume closely mowed grass is the standard first choice? A dense low growing grass like Bermuda grass would seem ideal, but I don't have any experience with that. I'm also interested in options for lower sun areas where things like Bermuda grass wouldn't grow. Slightly leathery dropped leaves seem to make a pretty good bed for persimmons to fall onto, and leaves seem like a good option for shadier areas, but I'm not sure where I'd collect sufficient quantities of leaves early enough and that wouldn't dry and break up into little pieces that would get stuck in the pulp.

What do you all do? I'm very interested in your practices and ideas and the hows and whys.

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Tony(Zone 5. Omaha, Nebraska)


You could suspend a net underneath the canopy of the persimmon tree just say 3-4 feet off the ground to collect the ripe persimmons that drop. Once the harvest season is over then take down the net and store it for next season. All you need is four stakes with some ropes and a bird netting or some sort of mesh (like the one Fruitnut uses for hail protection). I think Jerry Lehman has something like this to harvest some of his persimmon trees.


    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 7:57PM
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Jerry recently posted on the NAFEX list that he spreads a thick layer of clean wheat straw underneath persimmon trees to diminish 'splatting'.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 11:18PM
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Thanks for the ideas, Tony and Lucky!

    Bookmark   November 7, 2013 at 7:07AM
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