I've been mulching with wood chips really heavily for the last few years and I'm getting some really nice organic matter built up in certain areas. I mulched 2 areas very heavily (12" or more) in the fall/spring and now that we're in summer I'm starting to wonder when I should be watering. The plants are acting like they need water but when I dig down even 1" it's soaked still. Is it possible that I'm confusing heat stress with water stress? Without the chips I was watering at least once a week. Now I'm letting it go for weeks and wondering if I should be adding more water or just letting it dry out.
Ok I dug down to the soil and yeah it’s fairly dry. There’s a ton of water trapped in the wood chips but the soil seems to have dried out a bit. I’m really looking forward to the organic matter content in the soil rising to a level where it stays moist. It’s only a matter of time 😊
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