[nafex] Leaves in hole before fruit tree

Lee Reich leeareich at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 06:13:19 EST 2020

Anything in a planting hole that causes a dramatic change in soil texture is inadvisable. At the bottom of a hole, that material causes a “perched water table”. It’s counterintuitive but true. And any material that dramatically changes the soil porosity creates a “pot in the ground” effect wherein roots stay inn the amended soil. Rock and boulders should not interfere with growth as long as there’s some soil though which roots can wend their way.

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> On Nov 22, 2020, at 8:45 PM, DB <pogohome at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am wondering if putting some dead leaves (that time of year) into the
> bottom of a hole before planting a tree would be of any benefit and add
> some biology to the clay.
> I have thick clay just a few inches down and want to do something to jump
> start the soil for when I plant the fruit
> <https://permies.com/t/52914/videos/grow-groceries-dvd-set-marjory> trees
> <https://permies.com/t/9758/woodland/man-planted-trees> (seedlings) in the
> spring.  Pawpaw and American Persimmon.
> Since I have a concern with large rocks being just below the surface I will
> use a small backhoe to dig holes a couple feet deep and then fill the holes
> back in.
> I have ordered some expanded shale and was thinking of using some of the
> many oak leaves that get placed on the streets here.
> Would vermiculite or something else help here?
> Looking at a $100 hole for a $10 tree.
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