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Removing Oak tree...can it be used for compost? Options
John Edward Mercier
#1 Posted : Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:45:38 PM
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You'll need to check soil acidity... and add nitrogen.

 

davisonh
#2 Posted : Monday, January 18, 2010 12:16:50 AM
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JEM is right on the money,I would start by checking your soils' acidity.Oak leaves are the #1 source for tannic acid(same acid they use to treat leather products)Pine needles are a close 2nd.Once you know the pH of the soil treat with lime and a lot of it.Then I'd let the ground sit for a season,do a couple of lime treatments,then throw down manure before the next winter.Oak wood chips are not a source of tannic acid, the oak leaves are,so using chips as a mulch is ok(though I'd see about umm err maybe selling the tree trunks..umm mills are getting around $350 or so for a 20 foot long 2 foot diameter trunk last time I asked which was awhile ago,depending on the grade.)and what you're treating with the lime is the tannic acid that's leached out of the leaves when the tree was alive.The manure'll raise up your nitrogen level,albeit temporarily.Do yourself one more favor,get some earthworms.Yea earthworms.Once the manures' set in worms will add to the nitrogen level with their casings(poop) so you wont have to add as much manure to your garden every year.See not much of anything  likes acid soil,for instance earthworms like soil thats very humusy and sandy and so areas that dont drain well ,are acidy and have a lot of clay tend not to have earthworms.Now that you're changing the conditions you are going to want the worms back.If you're growing strawberries or grapes or raspberries you'll want that acid in there but for everything else,especially legume plants you'll want some compost and manure.Compost is'nt enough(I found that out this past year!)ya need the nitro the manure provides.

krm944
#3 Posted : Monday, January 18, 2010 12:16:50 AM
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Hi,

We have 2 large Oak Trees in our back yard. I think they are robbing the lawn (and future garden) of nutrients as grass simply will not grow! In an attempt to keep costs down, I would like to have the arborist take the trees down, and I will cut them up for firewood and rent a chipper to chip the branches. I would like to spread the wood chips, and sawdust, add some horse manure and topdress with topsoil and attempt growth of green grass.

 
 
Can someone sanity check this thought process?

 

Thanks,

Kyle


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