Adding compost/mulch around citrus trees
Ok my neglected trees have never been fertilized or sprayed with pesticides till today and the grass was growing right uyp to the trunks. I removed grass 2 feet from trunks around the perimeter of the tree. Spread a cocktail of bone meal, blood meal, triple super phosphate epson salt and watered liberally.
Now I was wondering if it is good practice to fill in the sandy soil I exposed with 2 inches of compost. Also laying a layer of newspaper on the ground to prevent weeds / new grass from sprouting I've heard works but not sure if it's suitable for citrus. Lastly, if a multch covering over the compost should be used, or just outside of that 2 foot perimeter should the mulch be used and spread away from the trunk. The soil is sandy as I am in Florida, so I figure the added compost will continually feed he roots with nutrients. Anyone see this as more hamful than good? You advice will be appreciated.