[permaculture] what makes black locust last so long? -a method for removal
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Thu Aug 28 05:12:59 EDT 2008
The final solution:
Girdle then inoculate with oyster or other aggressive saprophyte after
top-growth has died-off. Use high inoculation rate.
Or perhaps those flavonoids will prevent colonisation by the mycelium?
Be interesting to see what happens.
If the mushroom does establish I wonder if the suckers will be able to
separate themselves from the mother plant thus remaining uncolonised.
Hmm, worth experimenting with.
Or if that doesn't work, you could buy/hire a chipper and go into
business with landscape mulches or heat your house with compost piles. I
bet those suckers are straight and long, perfect for feeding into a
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Toby Hemenway wrote:
> Jay Woods wrote:
>> Are you gardening under the trees and cultivating. That will trigger suckering
>> from root clipping.
> Jay has named the cause of the "invasive" property of black locust. If
> we're being more careful with language, black locust is better termed
> "expansive," since it's merely spreading, like bamboo, into directly
> adjacent soil, as opposed to "dispersive", which, unlike black locust,
> means setting seed and flying off into new environments. The word
> "invasive" is grossly inaccurate, as it puts all the impetus on the
> species. A species' ability to enter a new environment depends on
> qualities of that environment (like natural predators, disturbance,
> unused resources, etc.) more than the qualities of the new species. I
> like Dave Jacke's term of opportunistic far more than the loaded
> "invasive." (Dave is sitting next to me right now at the PDC I'm teaching.)
> Black locust puts out suckers if the main trunk is cut or if the roots
> are cut (disturbance). So a naive attempt to get rid of it by cutting,
> and then angrily cutting the inevitable suckers in ignorance of the
> intrinsic qualities of the species, will result in exactly the opposite
> of the desired result. And in typical hubris (writer returns to soapbox)
> we then hate the plant instead of holding up a mirror to see the real
> cause of the problem, and trying to understand the character of what we
> are dealing with.
> So how do you work with nature instead of against? If you are determined
> to get rid of this valuable, multi-functional fast sequesterer of
> carbon, girdle it and wait for it to die before cutting it down. But
> better yet, because girdling doesn't always work, in an act of
> ecological aikido, use the shoots as coppice for firewood, browse,
> wattle-and-daub construction, small fence supports, and a hundred other
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