I've been watching the Dave Wilson Nursery you tube videos where he talks about how much mulch he uses and why he uses it and it's really got me thinking. When I originally planted my trees in the spring I didn't do any mulching at all. Honestly, I was lucky enough I could afford the trees and talk my wife into letting me do this let alone spend the time and money to go around each tree very nicely and get a good solid layer of mulch around each tree. Now, nearly a year later and I'm looking at all my fruit trees that I've got planted in a nearly 80' x 80' area and I'm going to be getting a local mulch company to deliver and dump about 40 yards of mulch out there to start with. What the guy from the you tube videos said about mulching the whole area made a lot of sense, and for me not having a pickup getting a huge truckload delivered seems to be the best way to go, hoping I can get them to dump a little here and a little here to save me some time smoothing it all out. With the final depth and area I'd like to cover this 40 yard truckload of mulch is likely going to just be a good start and not a final delivery.
So in a nut shell, I plan on getting a lot of mulch and spreading it across my entire fruit tree area and I don't want to get the wrong kind and screw it up. I'm planning on just getting non treated raw chewed up mulch, but is there something else I should look for or try to avoid?