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Gilbert Fritz wrote:As far as I can tell, the Colorado plains have historically been treeless, except along the Front Range foothills and along the creeks. This due to a combination of a dry climate, fire, and grazing buffalo; there are few native trees that would survive here.
However, some non-native trees survive fairly well, such as Russian olive, Honey locust, and Siberian elm. Some of these are now classified as invasive.
Would it be possible to turn large areas of the plains into savanna? Would it be desirable? Or should restoration work focus on planting willows and cottonwoods along the creeks and bringing back the grass on degraded ranch land?
The Carbon Farming Solution seems to suggest that adding trees to grasslands will sequester much more carbon than grass alone; so would this help? Or would it just imbalance the ecosystem worse then ever?
Jesse Fister wrote:Hello,
We live in Montana and recently did a simple soil test. It returned:
pH: 7.3 (alkaline)
We have heavy clay soil.
Growing Zone: 5b
We have several large hugel beds for vegetables and rotational grazing fields over several acres. Alpacas (and all camelids) cannot eat high-nitrogen plants or they get sick, so no clover cropping the fields.
How would you heal this?
I see that urine, diluted, provides a good 10:1:4 NPK ratio as fertilizer but with our high potassium I'm nervous. I think I read that potassium keeps plants from accessing nutrients in the soil.