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Hugel your trees?

 
                                      
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I am looking at tree guilds for my landscape and I was thinking about how to promote moisture retention for the trees.  One of the things I was considering was to dig the hole for the tree a couple feet deeper than I need and line the bottom of the hole with branches, wood, leaf litter, and aged manure, then plant the tree on top of this bottom biosponge of material.  However I was just reading in Carrots Love Tomatoes and in the fruit tree section she says that you shouldn't put any kind of biomatter in the soil under/around the newly planted tree.  So I am curious what you guys think.  Do you think it would work to hugel your trees when you plant them? 

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Longsnowsm wrote:
I am looking at tree guilds for my landscape and I was thinking about how to promote moisture retention for the trees.  One of the things I was considering was to dig the hole for the tree a couple feet deeper than I need and line the bottom of the hole with branches, wood, leaf litter, and aged manure, then plant the tree on top of this bottom biosponge of material.  However I was just reading in Carrots Love Tomatoes and in the fruit tree section she says that you shouldn't put any kind of biomatter in the soil under/around the newly planted tree.  So I am curious what you guys think.  Do you think it would work to hugel your trees when you plant them? 

Longsnowsm


I am planning to put hugel trenches around my new trees when  I next plant in the Fall.  I don't think I want to put the hugel under the tree because of subsidence - I've noticed my hugel beds tend to sink over time and I don't want my trees to sink!  But I don't mind if they have sunken rings around them because these will help trap run-off. 

 
                                      
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Thanks Ludi!  That makes perfect sense.  I didn't think about the settling issue.  I will have to make some minor adjustments to my tree planting! Thanks for the feedback.

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