Designing with fruit & citrus trees
OK. I've finished the list of fruiting trees and shrubs that I want to plant in my backyard. About 2/3 are deciduous dwarf fruit trees, and 1/3 are evergreen (dwarf citrus and avocado). And then I have a bunch of blueberries and brambles. Plus the usual kitchen garden plants...
I want to work them into the landscape in a more natural way than just an grid or orchard. But when I look at photos of edible landscapes it looks looks like there is stuff planted under fruit trees...how can i figure out what to plant under/around fruit trees? I thought this was a no-no ---that the roots would compete with the fruit tree...is this not the case? Also, I'm expecting that I'll have to cover some of these trees (like the cherries or the blueberries) covered with nets to prevent the birds from getting the ripe fruit. How do I maintain access to trees?
Finally, would you recommend grouping these trees? Should I keep the fruiting evergreens (citrus + avo) together in a group - separate from the deciduous trees - or alternate deciduous and evergree?