Wood Chip Myth

Louis Richard louisrichard11@gmail.com
Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:18:23 PDT
We use about 120 metric cubes a year of Ramial chip wood each year and it
improved our work and the health of our plants.


Many people confuse Ramial chip wood with chip wood while it's not the same

Here's an interesting link for those of you who can read French (and you
might also use a translation site!).



Louis Richard

Matane, Québec, Canada (Zone 4b)



2017-03-27 15:42 GMT-04:00 penstemon <penstemon@q.com>:

> >It takes a lot of water to wet the soil below the chips.
> Exactly.
> Here, if it rains in the summer (which it does, occasionally), the rain
> only penetrates the first few millimeters of clay soil, and the water
> evaporates rapidly. Mulch on top of this soil does not reach the soil
> surface. It would have to rain for days on end for water to penetrate the
> mulch and then get far enough down to plant roots.
> Which is why the garden in the back yard here is a series of mounds, or
> berms, mostly of clay soil, with a lot of gravel mixed in. The only time
> the mounds get sufficient water to reach the roots of bulbs, etc., is from
> melting snow in late winter.
> I also, incidentally, have a couple of “rain gardens”, which are
> constructed in exactly the opposite way such gardens are usually made:
> raised beds of sand and gravel, nothing else. Highly-permeable “soil” which
> allows rain from a brief thunderstorm to penetrate down to roots.
> One of these beds, which has too much sand, has been a spectacular
> failure, since I overlooked the possibility of a perched water table at the
> interface between a pile of sand and gravel, and clay soil. The sand also
> remains wet at a greater depth than anywhere else in the garden; bulbs
> planted from the middle to lower end of the sand pile tend to rot.
> Bob Nold
> Denver, Colorado, USA
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