I got a timely reminder from The Woodland Trust the other day about looking after my two hazels and the yew tree I bought back in February.
This is what they looked like before I cut away as much of the surrounding growth as I could:
Phacelia is a fabulous green manure – or rather source of biomass for the compost heap. I doubt actually it would have done any harm to the trees but I was glad that I took some of it out. Underneath one section were poppy seedlings, which I also added to the heap, rather than encourage their proliferation.
Likewise, Jerusalem artichokes persist in places and have been cut down. I doubt they were close enough to affect the hazel but I don’t want them spreading in the ground.