Nature takes care of wood, yes.
I've only got so long and I need to speed up natures processes.
Trees take up less area than a meadow. (hay/straw)
Driving to the the big guys and buying $15 a yard X2 $30 once a year. (and that is CHEAP)
Wood is very heavy decreasing vehicle efficiency, and you need a truck, so you are already getting poor gas mileage.
That is more gas used driving back and forth than the chipper.
Chippers are starting to go electric, who knows if that's better or if they work but?
So even though I don't have one I want one, because I don't have a truck, or time to drive places.
I want to share the expense with at least one other person.
So I'm a selfish bastard, I prefer the texture, smell, and look of wood chips around trees, berries, and flowers.
Now I am growing cover crop for my veggies.
So yea, if I lived on a full fledged farm with livestock (other than chickens) and a meadow, forest, a creek, and lot's of rocks I wouldn't need chips.
I could use twigs (naturally tiny) and leaves.
And I'm pretty sure a horse, or ox is worse for the carbon output and cost than a woodchiper. Unless you are making them work or going to eat them.
I would say there are two main types of horticulturist.
The lazy fare and the ocd.
I'm an OCD, I demand form and function.
I'm also only on 1 acre.
If I were on 10 I would have a zone 5 no doubt.
Weeds are what your eyes, skin and nose, doesn't like.
I love clover, black medic,I walk by and pick the seeds. I have a war on one weed at a time, if I rip it up, I toss some nitro seeds down.
I only really have two I don't like. The poky one and the ugly mat one.
That is why there are people, to kill that crap.
Paul you are right though, with unlimited mulch, covering is SO the way to go.
The problem is most people poison and kill everything around them.
Our lights are pollution, our laundry, our constant need for fire, our food waste attracts animals we may have to kill.
So you would need to parcel it out to permies.
Using energy and waste properly and manipulating and beautifying every square inch.
Blueberry roots are shallow, they need watered lightly about every three days.
They will grow slow but if you keep adding Sulphur and mulch every year, (pinch flowers for 2 years)
By the time for fruit, your soil will be correct and you might not have to water so often.
Fix the place you planted it.
Add garden Sulphur and peat moss. Dig a hole, in the middle put a mound of your peat, compost, natural dirt mixture
Set the plant on top of the mound
about 2" above ground level.
Fill in dirt, making sure the top most roots are barely covered.
Mulch 2" of pine straw,leave a 2" perimeter around the stem
You are sure looking to go pro.
I too have been here a year now and planted a few trees and rearranged many features.
To me I'm not worried about the overhead view, I use my view, cause that's how I look.
I took the first rules of permaculture seriously.
I have been mapping the sun, looking how water flows, asking what my needs were.
What to I want to see, smell,capture.
I like the design to be inspired, at every square foot.
With as little money spent as possible.
Bill Mollison talked about not liking areal photos, and that we all have god given measurements.
(That little song he sings lol, his "pace")
I'm also scared to map out everything at once because then I feel that it would all have to be done RIGHT NOW!
I don't have the time, funds, or help for that, and by the time I do, I'm sure I'll think of something else.
Your place would be perfect for terracing.
You could make a pond on one of your terraces like Sepp.
If you put a pond on the south side and make the wall high, stack rock on it.
You might be able to grow a few hardiness zones better above the pond. (Sun bounces on the wall and on off the pond onto the wall)
This might help you control the water too, plant tons of biomass on the lip of the swale/pond to absorb some of the water.
I'm a shlub.
I feel very different, always have.
I have noticed the people I idolize share some of my sensibilities.
I haven't figured out if I'm a follower or just a bird of a certain feather.
It's like first we are fascinated with other people and the way they act.
Then we are fascinated with orgasm and excess.
Then we are fascinated by knowledge.
Then we focus on the earth.
The way nature actually works and how we can manipulate it to form our total sensory nirvana.
How many others have had anything this planet has to offer and chose to grow shit.
For me a simulated solitary confinement is most likely a motivator.
did these men also feel alone?
Or are we just OCD folk, genetically made up to line shit up by color and pattern.
My wife is the exact opposite of a permie. She is an extra wasteful, vegetable hating, outdoor hating, TV watching, sitter. She just loves talking about nonsence.... all the time
I got a wife like that because I was't much different, video games consumed me. I did cut my long hair, and ditched the flannels and tattered jean shorts after the Grunge era so I could score some poon.
Well that was 20 years ago, and since then life has been $5 bottles of Shampoo, $6 bottles of body wash, and $60 bottles of cologne.
I'm a stay at home dad, of a disabled, sweet 7 year old little hellian girl. So what do I have to loose going pooless?
I don't get out, I'm tenured with my wife, and she has often health issues in the love making dept.
I of course hid it from her but I'm a little over a week in, and I asked her to smell my hair, beard, and pits.
She has NO problem telling me if I stink, and she said I smelled fine.
Now it had been over 12 hours since I had my water shower, and I had worked for at least 5 hours outside on permaculture activities in my hard in the hot sun.
After she asked why I told her.
I got the usual responce, what the fuck is pooless (that's what I said when I saw Paul mention it on a YT vid)
I told her and she made that face, oh well fuck her.
She can have her face lotion, foot lotion, daily face wash, acne face wash, vagina wash, body wash, body scrub, shampoo, dandruff shampoo, conditioner, spray, and perfume.
Now I'm 41 and have pretty short hair (I went to cosmetology school and flunked out when I was 18, but I have cut my hair, my kids hair, and my wives hair since, so SCORE!)
So I didn't/don't have too much a problem with grease, although after I showered I always spritzed my hair with hairspray to keep my style, now I just rub it the way I like with the towel and it stays.
We will see how week two goes.
1. So far I use nothing but water and wash rag.
2. If I get grease funk from a car or something I will use my wifes body wash, I'm not buying hippy soap (I will eventually make my own hippy soap, with self grown herbs made in to essential oils)
3. I wash my hands with soap and water at the sink.
Did the same thing, had the same problem.
What worked for me was beer.
I cut the top off a juice box, you could use a can.
Dug a hole in so it could be almost flush with the top of the straw.
First day I came out there was only one slug.
I was disappointed, but I forgot the container.
I checked on the garden two days later and it was FULL of them.
I tossed em to the chickens and that was it.
Now the white powdery mildew, and grasshoppers are another story.
So "tilapia" are low on the food chain, and consume less protein than they make.
In the wild they eat smaller fish, algae, and bug larvae.
Find a pond cleaning company and let them dump at your place.
Start a pond outside the greenhouse let it get all funky and scoop it up with a net and toss it in.
Set up some Dan Rojas mosquito catchers. They catch more than mosquitos and if you go with the solar powered version, after the initial investment it would sustain.
Help get rid of some mosquitos.
All of the methods mentioned are very sound.
If you could add in some sort of pond feature it would probably help, especially now. compacted soil is great for no liner ponds.
I'm a big fan of annual ryegrass as a cover crop (mixed with the clover and root veggies).
I do believe lime and wood ash will be one of your biggest friends, by all means do a soil test but donuts to dollars you have acidic soil.
So a little lime and toss on a dollop of good sod or compost it will bring the worms.
I had some of the same questions as you as I also live in Indiana, and have a couple maples in my yard.
my quest led me to southeastway park.
I noticed the maples had few things growing under them, a couple tiny grasses (I don't know the names of ANYTHING) and some little rosemary looking things.
While walking around I came to the conclusion I liked the dirt and cool feel under the trees.
so knowing mulch holds water I simply mulched under mine.
No boarder (there is none in the wild) and make sure you leave plenty pf room from the base of the trunk to the start of the mulch.
I didn't go all super deep with the mulch, I'm a slow and steady type, planning to use my techniques over multiple seasons instead of doing a ton of work using a ton of resources all at once.
I'm looking forward to all the leaves, limbs, and maple syrup from my maples, also just outside their perimeter is the best grass in the whole yard.
Another technique I employ on my maple in my front yard is to let the grass grow tall about 3 feet around under the maple, about 2 or three times a season I cut it down, I also throw many of the fallen limbs inside this perimeter.
I am trying to use this to build up a mulch layer without ever importing anything.
The trees really bring in the water and sun, they also bring in the bugs, worms and things that eat them. The more you let them keep, the better of they'll be.
That's why they live hundreds of years when we don't ef with them.
You're never the only one to think of something.
I've not heard of this yet, maybe for good reason, maybe it doesn't work, that's why.
My mom asked me the best way to get rid of a stump and my condescending thought bubble came up ("I would see it as a challenge, grab one shovel, one axe, and conquer"!)
I told her "I don't know" because I have my own stumps to deal with.
Then in my incessant quest for knowledge I stumbled upon hugelkulture.
Then I used my permaculture mind and thought, hmm, why not purposefully grow trees, harvest the young wood, then plant a "hugel potted plant".
Instead of a giant mound, where you have to cart things around, and dig a giant trench, why not build circles.
Now let me elaborate.
Hugel over the stump, then plant a tall growing plant in the middle, let's call it a tomato.
On the outer edge do an herb, or two, let's call them basil, and oregano.
Then a pest control flower on the sides.
Give it a slight slope to the south.
On the north facing side put your favorite "mulch" "green manure" so that part way through the season you have your fee mulch right there.
Lastly dig a moat (I'm not saying swale) 3/4 of the way around the north side.
Just think how stable you could have a stake in a stump, before you pile on the manure and carbon.
I'll bet someone else has already thought of and done this, but I'm bout to go try, so good luck folks I'll be back.