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'Green Manure' between tree rows?

14 years ago

I am interested in planting cover crops between the rows of trees I will be planting. Is it a good idea to till the soil between rows of trees or is that counter productive? Currently the soil is clay and does have some rocks in it; really quite nasty. I plan on amending the soil in the holes for the trees, but I'd also like to work on the rest of the soil over time.

Is this a good idea? Will tilling between rows damage tree roots? The rows I'm planning are 9' apart.

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