William Bronson wrote: Can we posit that it is the fungal network that makes that determination?
A living root system might cooperate with a new tree, a dead and decayed one might be food for a new tree.
Can the process of decay lock up nitrogen that that the new tree might other wise use?
If we wanted to accelerate the decay and keep the soil nitrogen available we could bore holes in the stump and pack them with urine/manure.
William Bronson wrote:Bryant, I've mixed autumn leaves I with my raised beds, only to have poor results. I've read that was due to the available nitrogen being used by the soil organisms in the process of decaying the carbon in the leaves.
Top dressing with these leaves seems to avoid this.
This narrative y parallels the woodchip narrative, but you have me questioning both.
I had imagined that adding nitrogen rich urine etc, would feed the fungus and o the soil life, fueling decay.
The idea of nonmycorrhizal networking is also new to me.
I'll have to drop in on your soil building thread and refine my understanding.
Tim Kivi wrote:Well I planted my apple tree next to the big stump. I should take a picture for the future to show how it turns out.