[NAFEX] Fresh woodchips are fine
quirky at videotron.ca
Thu Mar 25 11:04:29 EDT 2010
With regards to the fresh wood chips debate, I had a huge maple at the front
of my property that died and I decided to plant a flower bed surrounded by
fruit trees ( I am into edible landscaping). The stump was huge and we
gouged out what we could but there was a lot of chips, even with me hauling
off a whole bunch to the back where I have heavy clay (the front is all
sand, I have a full range of soil textures to deal with!).
I had heard about nitrogen depletion, but I also heard that it wasn't as
significant or lasted for as long as some sources indicated. For good
measure I mixed the chips and soil really well, added some corn gluten to
balance out any nitrogen depletion and left it for about a month. When I
planted I mixed in good quality soil, compost and a balanced slow release
Anyway we're coming out of the winter, eager to see how everything has
survived. Last summer nothing showed any particular signs of suffering. So
fingers crossed, it will have worked.
But if I wasn't so lazy as to have left a large quantity of chips there I
would definity have used it as mulch!
St. Jerome QC
----- Original Message -----
From: "William C. Garthright" <billg at inebraska.com>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:51 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Fresh woodchips are fine
>> Fresh wood chips as landscape cover is fine. But as an additive to
>> enrich garden soil or soil for tree planting I'd submit they should be
>> well rotted.
> Would you want to use wood chips as a soil additive anyway? I'm
> certainly no expert, but I thought I've heard they'd deplete the
> nitrogen in the soil as they continued to rot. (As a layer on top,
> they'd do the same, but only at the surface.)
> Just wondering. I've been using a lot of wood chips for mulch (landscape
> cover, as you say), but nothing else. For that matter, I only put leaves
> and other plant debris on top of the soil, too, not mixed into it.
> Lincoln, NE (zone 5)
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