Hi, I would like to ask you something ... I put mycorrhizal plants with truffles, downy oaks, hazels and holm oaks; they are few and I wanted to put some breathable mulching cloth around, like 1m x 1m. I planted them in April working the land and refining it; except that it always rains; what advice do you give me about it? I can make this operation the same or risk damaging the roots and the future of truffles if they come ?? ... thank you!
congratulations for choosing the plants to be cultivated, I believe that the practice of truffle cultivation is only marginally fruity and that it should be undertaken by anyone with the space to plant at least some specimens of mycorrhizal plants; usually these plants are positioned only after having worked the soil well, enriching it with soil improvers to make it rich in organic matter, and very porous, so that the rain water does not stagnate. If the very intense rains of spring 2013 are making your soil excessively swampy, I don't think that mulching can solve the problem, on the contrary: mulching is used to avoid looking for weeds near plants, but also and above all to keep the soil wet more mungo; if, therefore, its soil is already excessively wet, it is necessary to let it breathe, not to cover it with a material that will hold water for longer, partially preventing evaporation. Your intent must be to promote rapid and healthy development of mycorrhizal plants that you have planted, so that they produce a beautiful root system, where mycorrhizae can develop freely. To encourage plant growth it is important to keep the grass mowed, and periodically work the soil around the stem, remaining on the surface, so as not to damage any superficial roots; Although spring was very rainy, which was very uncomfortable for us humans, it was not a problem for plants in most of Italy; on the contrary, the strong regular rains have favored the development of young seedlings, even in soils that are not suitable for their development, or excessively sandy or stony. Rather than mulching sheets, if the ground tends to dry excessively in the coming months, small circles of mulching material can be placed around the seedlings, so that the soil around the stem is fresh and protected, using straw, cork, or other special material.