Mulching around fruit trees
I'm planning to plant a small (ie 4-6 dwarf trees) orchard of fruit trees in the Spring. I'm wondering what to use as mulch around them (I'm planning to mulch the entire area between the trees so I won't have to mow there). I have an abundance of leaves in the fall, and an abundance of fallen branches in spring.
My question is, is it reasonable to spread the leaves as mulch in the fall, and then cover them with a layer of chipped branches in the spring (so they look more attractive and I can use up all those darn chipped branches)? It would all eventually break down anyway, so I shouldn't really have to worry too much about it getting too deep. Plus, it would enrich the soil as it breaks down. Does that make sense?