Nutrient beds are a fairly novel concept that’s getting tons of traction in the landscaping community. They are an organic method for immensely improving tree health. We like to think of nutrient beds as mulching 2.0. You’ll know why after reading this post.
Nutrient beds are an organic form of tree maintenance. The beds are comprised of mulching that closely mimics the material found in a natural forest floor. This helps trees survive by holding onto vital nutrients and improving moisture retention.
Often, when we remove a tree, we find it to be in dying health. This is partly due to malnourishment from inadequate mulching.
Nutrient beds feed the soil, which in turn feeds the trees, shrubs, and vegetation. Unlike traditional mulching, nutrient beds consist of bigger materials. Instead of using wood or pine chips, for example, you would use whole pieces of logs. This gives you a lot of creative freedom for creating a natural and forest-like atmosphere.
You have to first loosen the soil using a rotary tilling machine or bobcat with a fork. Step two is to create an eight-inch layer of mulch using leaves, twigs, and other organic material. Top this off with split logs; position these cut-side up.
The setup process is quite labor-intensive. We recommend leaving the task to a tree service. In fact, we suggest setting up a bed following a tree pruning. We can cut up the removed branches and use them as makeshift mulching material.
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