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Johnathan Edwards

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Thanks for that information which is great to have generally--Right now, I am not having trouble getting garden implements into the ground, though it is hot and fairly dry right now, it has rained 2" this week. I am looking for a solution or tool that will disturb and remove the grass without actually flipping soil and disturbing the roots of the trees some of which are fairly shallow, at least enough so that I can remove bentgrass and crabgrass and give the buckwheat a chance (I am also hoping that the broadforking encourages deep rooting for the trees). Someone recommended a garden weasel, though I couldn't find any examples of that doing that task. Thank you!
Question about cover cropping:

I am trying to start a little orchard: I have approximately 1 acres of heirloom trees. I just dug holes to plant and nursed with a fungal root dip, organic phosphate and nutrients and peastone mulch on top. I now want to plant strips of buckwheat between the trees (trees are planted perpendicular to south facing slope). I have 2 broadforks and 3 people. The problem I am now finding is that while the broadfork does a great job with loosening compaction, there is still a ton of thick grass between the holes the broadfork made. I have 270 trees so I don't have enough material or time to sheet mulch, and I am planting the buckwheat late anyway, I plan to cut it down once it flowers. If I try to turn the sod over, I expose tree roots and it is extremely lumpy, also supremely difficult to do. Can I just drop buckwheat seeds into the holes created by the broadfork and water them, could I use a garden weasle to break up the grass, or is there something else you recommend? There is about 10' between each tree, I have 25 lbs of buckwheat and 3 people. I would appreciate some help! Thanks,

Jonathan