Hi everyone I've got a piece of land that at the moment is very dry, with poor soil, and a few young fruit trees. If it rains, or if I water it, it gets covered in pretty high mixed grasses and wild plants very quickly, up to shoulder height. This would probably be OK if I could slash it all down regularly and use it as mulch, but I have a little toddler and the two things don't mix. On the other hand, of course, if I don't water, the fruit trees don't do much and I'd like them to grow!! SO, I figured if I could sow a cover crop, water, use the cover crop as mulch for round the trees, I might get somewhere. Something perennial and deep-rooted like lucerne sounded good. How would you recommend I get started with this though? Should I sheet mulch bit by bit then sow the cover crop? I'm trying to avoid weed-killing and tilling (also not compatible with toddlers). Or is there another way? What time of year would be best? Rainfall here is about 850mm per year, but nothing much between now and mid-September, temperature ranges from -8 degrees to 40 degrees. Oranges grow fine here. Thanks if you can enlighten me on all this!