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hugelkultur good remedy for runoff &/or dropped tree carbon footprint?

 
Kit Robinson
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I want (need) to top and/or drop 3 south side conifer trees 4 rooftop solar. I may just top all 3 enough to clear rooftop sun path, or drop 1 or more to gain even more sunlight for backyard permaculture installation. I have a shallow slope across my 1/6 acre with plenty of winter water runoff across the yard, east to west. If I use the downed wood for hugelkultur, is that a potential win/win? ie: can I leverage the HK beds perpendicular to the runoff path to catch/store the water AND store the cut wood carbon as well?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts/tips on this!
 
Rob Browne
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If you mean to use the beds as swales then they would slow the run off down so you get maximum infiltration. If this is the case then you would get a win/win with more water and more carbon.
 
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Howdy Rob and Kit , welcome to Permies. Sounds like you should cut them down and do hugels. Might even gain some sunshine on the walls of the house as well? Or leave some of the stumps for carving !
 
Kit Robinson
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Thanks for the helpful input! Typically I was running the cart a'fore the horse :/ I looked into city regs on tree removal, and they're pretty strict. Looks like 2 tree limit, and strings (and fees) attached per each, even then. So I'm going to apply for permits and see what I can get approved. But, meanwhile, I'm going ahead with the with the hugelkultur/swails project to capture winter runoff. Jack Spirko goes into some detail on this very subject http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/1074-contour-gardens-with-wood-core.

In any case, looks like I'll be cultivating more shade tolerant varieties than I planned for; oh well. play the hand you're dealt, and all that.

Cheers
 
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Time to move , what part of our "free" country has rules like that ?
 
Kit Robinson
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I hear ya! I had the same thought. Only been here a few months though, so, I'm going to keep my ear to the ground as far as property in the nearby unincorporated zone, but meanwhile experiment here with the techniques. Figure with the solar and the beds, along with what trees I can remove, it will be a property value enhancement for the right buyer.



I'll keep you all posted on progress. Have a great one!
 
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