|You can still see some of the fine debris adhering to the sides|
We have a hedge near the entrance to our yard which suffers badly from lack of moisture mainly due to two things. The lack of soil depth and the large spotted gum nearby. And no amount of watering seems to keep it from wilting for long.
Then a spark of an idea. We were both over the river cleaning up fallen poplars after the heavy winds. Larger logs with the tractor and smaller loaded into the RTV and trailer are carted to a cleared depression for stacking where the owner will at some time in the future burn. What a waste. Then I just happen to mention to Jean about Hugulkultur which I had heard on TSP and seen in a blog on Eight Acres Blog. Why not do something similar next to the hedge to help with moisture retention. And if it works we have endless supplies of material from across the river to use in other areas.
So we made a mini bed using some of the larger logs to contain a pile of the smaller sticks. Lacking soil (as did Farmer Liz) our solution was a whole lot of collected cow manure and then covered the entire construct with a thick layer of silage. We will in due course find out if size matters.
|Does size matter?|
The silage material we picked up for $30 a bale. It had been of poor quality and unsuitable for feed but when dried a little it is ideal for mulch.
|Neatly sliced into segments with a chainsaw|
|Nice thick biscuits transported easily|
We also used some spare manure to feed one of the Lemon trees and covered it with silage mulch.
|The small Lemon gets some attention|