In the aftermath of a 4,000 acre fire that spent the last week
scorching through the local mountains
I thought I'd do a bit more thinning out of primarily bay laurel on
the back hill. Now I've already cut down quite a few trees over the
years and they take their sweet time turning back to the soils and
nutrients from which they originated. I figured keeping them wet and
close together near the ground would help. Any other helpful
Well, thanks for all the tips, seems the most practical approach is
just to lay the stuff all out on the ground and chip what I can. My
chipper can't really take anything much larger than 2" and some of
this stuff, we're talking 18 or 24 inches around. And there is a LOT
of it, I'm talking at least a dozen trees 8 inches at the base or more
and 40 or 50 feet tall. Also it is on a steep hill and just getting
the chipper down to that location might be a one-way trip, you know!
But then again what else am I gonna do with it! It's not the most
attractive garden ornament.
You don't suppose drinking a couple of beers while watching TV would
Fukuoka recommends burying logs in hole and letting them decay in the soil.
Apparently builds high soil fertility.
As I mentioned earlier, the most basic method for improving soil is to bury
coarse organic matter in deep trenches.
One may establish an orchard and plant nursery stock using essentially the
same methods as when planting forest trees. Vegetation on the hillside is
cut in lateral strips, and the large trunks, branches, and leaves of the
felled trees are arranged or buried in trenches running along hill contours,
covered with earth, and allowed to decompose naturally
Because trees contain so much of a forest's nutrients, burying logs is
actually one of the most efficient ways to build soil. Masanobu Fukuoka,
a Japanese agronomist and philosopher who's considered one of the
founders of permaculture, proved this through extensive experiments in
the mid-20th century (see /The One-Straw Revolution/, Rodale Press, 1978).
get that stuff they sell for making stumps rot. it's in home depot,
lowes, etc. you drill a bunch of holes in the wood and pack in the
stuff and wet it down for a while. It eats the lignin out of the wood,
leaving only the cellulose; the wood becomes spongy and basically
turns into cardboard.
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