Tyler Ludens wrote:In a hot semi-arid situation I have found buried wood beds to be better than hugelkultur. It may be possible that really large (6-10 foot tall) hugelkultur would work in this situation, but from my own experience, small hugelkultur does not.
Tyler Ludens wrote:It holds moisture, basically.
J Davis wrote:I would think on 20 acres, there would be some trees worth saving. The roots help prevent erosion, the shade helps soil get established.
Yes, I agree 100%. The operator understands this to some extent (as in high value trees, but not pioneers), however basic propaganda to support how this works would be greatly appreciated, especially regarding pioneer species.
But as for the dead wood. Renting a chipper and putting 6 inches of mulch around the trees worth saving woud help reverse the dry/erosion pattern.
This is not financially viable, but otherwise it is a good idea
The larger dead wood could be used in small dotches on contour with soil back on top, planted with native grasses and then wood chips around the plantings.
If I were explaining it to someone unfamiliar, id use the back to Eden narrative. Nature doesnt leave soil bare. Man does that and it leads to erosion and desertification. To reverse that process requires intentionality, shade, moisture retention. The wood in the ground acts as a sponge. The wood chips on top provide protection for the world, bugs, young plants from the sun.
I have tried to explain this, but it is not being absorbed by their brain very well. My communication skills are a bit retarded, which is why I need help from you guys.
Chris Wang wrote:To start with I really need to find a really good simple explanation of how using the woody material benefits the soil and plants. My primary problem is explaining the benefits, I'm really bad at explaining things and teaching. It needs to be suitable for a biologically illiterate person, not hours of lectures by Elaine Ingham or similar.
Also after trying to explain this to the land owner, it also needs to be converted into instructions for the dozer operator. Complex solutions are not going to be practical.