39 thoughts on “Woodchip is NOT BAD to Mulch Your Fruit Trees Vegetable Patch or Garden

    Open Sesame

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    When the Yuzu fruits, keep the peels and throw them in the bath…smells great and is good for the skin.

    Amamda's city Homestead

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Awsome. My corn (sweet corn and a rainbow flour corn) have just started to pop up. Once they reach a good height i am going to also plant a climbing bean beside them. Its an experiment for me. Buttttt I'm rather excited for the flour corn. Probly won't make flour but i am excited for the colour. Lol.😂

    Lesley Oliver

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    I have mulch around my citrus trees but not nearly as deep as yours. Looks like I'll get more mulch. Thanks, once again.

    Khaffit

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    It would make sense from a biological side
    fallen trees get "digested" by other plants and ground microbes for resources

    redkelah

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Welcome to the garden of Eden style of wood chip gardening. Use chicken manure or cow manure to turboboost your trees further. An inch of manure before you lay down the woodchips followed by a foot of chips is the ticket. Locks in all the minerals and moisture

    Neil Favell

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Hi. Thanks so much for your videos. Just wondering if you have an answer on battling bush turkeys coming in and scratching your mulch out and everywhere. Can’t believe they are protected. Thanks again for what you do.
    Ps. Just wondering what region of Australia you are in. Looks very Qldish. 😊

    Redneck Fishtank

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    we use wood mulch with all our fruit trees. all of them produce very well. i all so put it in our garden around our vine plants like watermelon and cantaloupe. one it keep the water from evaporating as fast. all so as it breaks down it adds to the top soil. i have never heard of wood mulch sucking the nitrogen out of the soil and i've lived on a farm my whole live.

    Jotham Bessey

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Wood chips, the main woody portion of the tree, Doesn't suck nitrogen from the soil. It binds it temporarily in the breakdown of cell walls. The amount of nitrogen bound depends on the surface area in contact with the soil. Used as a mulch, only the very surface nitrogen is bound. If you mix the chips into the soil, you increase both the surface area in contact with the soil and the depth of said chips so more nitrogen is bound and to a greater depth. For trees, they are not taking nitrogen from the very surface of the soil anyway.

    Gordon Pilcher

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    You're not the only person to say this Patrick over on OYR say exactly the same about the mulch

    George Vargas

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    you are awesome

    mashj50

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    if you ever come across that problem again no need to do all that work you described simply get a bag of very fine caster sugar and mix it with equal amounts of Bicarbonate of soda sprinkle it around the nest experiment with the ratio's maybe less bi carb but try 50/50 first ,,what happens is the ant's can't detect the bi carb because of the sugar then they ingest the mixture the bi carb reacts in their guts and explodes the ant with gas because they have exo skeltons and can't expand BOOM !!!! ant gone you can wipe out the entire nest with this simple mix and no need to do all that work you did plus your tree gets a nice dose of bi carb and airated soil for the now dead nest

    bud row

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    great video.Is pine bark good for mango trees.

    Renee Brown

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Not really a myth but miss said. Wood chips will pull the nitrogen out of the soil, but only if it's mixed into the soil. And if they are that worried about it mix it with chicken poo. It's super high nitrogen

    Wendy Rowland

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    We were advised by the tree nursery who supplied us with a 100 meters of deciduous hedging, not to use the woodchip from the conifer hedge we had grubbed out until it had composted for 2 years as it does draw the nitrogen from the soil to assist it’s decomposition. He explained that the saplings would get a slow start. Our mountain of chips have provided good litter for the hens, it is then composted into phosphate and potash rich mulch. If you want to accelerate the decomposition of a compost heap add nitrogen. For some reason man pee is good for helping rot the compost, not quite sure why woman pee is no good unless it’s because one is alkaline and the other acid. We are fortunate in having well rotted manure to put round our trees and that is rapidly taken down by the worms to where it is needed. I expect your fresh mulch is helpful in drought conditions.

    Isaac Frerichs

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    What are you doing for mosquitoes? They are are bad here.

    Nicholas Sans Pasty

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    It's true fresh chips are fine for mulch under shrubs and trees. Perhaps not annuals and perennials but even then the effect is temporary and after a few weeks it'll be okay, only ever the part where the soil's directly in contact with chips that's a possible issue and if you think about that it's very little. Envious of all the different types of fruit tree you can grow there.

    Josh sheaffe

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Hi mark
    I live in Brisbane and have been considering growing a few apple trees – your video ran past 1 or 2 of your own apple trees. Would love to see an episode on how they have been performing in our weather and what you have been doing to look after them. Ps I am a big fan of your videos – I love avocado and citrus trees and have only 12 at the moment. I always watch how your trees are progressing – thanks for all the helpful tips over the past 2 years. Kind regards – josh

    BetterYouBetterWorld

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    look at the worker crew i bet youl have your own chipper next time lol

    87xfute

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Hey Mark, thanks for the great vid mate !!  Just a question and sorry if you've already answered it, but do you have a Fig tree ? also does the Morton Bay make good fire wood or just mulch !!  Seeya Rob

    Big Al Sparks

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Fresh wood chips will in fact starve shallow rooted plants of nitrogen to get their break down going. Why are you getting away with it? Well part of the solution is having some nitrogen on the ground layer, to add the chips on top of. Like a few inches of grass clippings, or in your case, grassy turf as seen all around your trees prior to adding chips. So as your turf surrounding your trees already breaks down its releasing nitrogen up into the carbon chips, and leaving the root zone alone to do its thing until a yr or two later when the chips and turf have broken down and seep in. Your right you don't have that problem, but there is a reason why you don't have it, and many others do. it's that nitrogen buffer.

    Rufo Rufo

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    hey mark, its always awsome to see your new vids.
    i got a Q for ya.
    im in kailua kona hawaii (its warmer and drier on this side than the eastern Hilo side), and was just gifted some organically grown cape gooseberries. i would like to grow them for the fruit they produce.
    have you grown them before, and if so can you give us some advice/pointers on how to plant them?
    right now they are still in their paper-like covering and i havent opened them yet.
    shold i dry them out? just bang 'em into the ground? any tips you can give will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Brother

    50 shades of green

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Good day to you Mark !! I agree with you, I've been using them for the past 3 years

    jeffygbeck

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    That is a beautiful lime tree I use wood chip and sugar cane munch and my tree do well..

    1stBumbleBeeMaster

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    RIP To the Love Chair! Awesome video. I am convinced that woodchips provide more nutrients over the years to fruits and vegetables then expensive commercial fertilizers. I was totally amazed at my potatoes,tomatoes,apples,quince and medlar fruit just using wood mulch. It seems to really kick in after the 2nd and 3rd year and the soil is teaming with life as well. I counted over 30 worms in just a square foot on my potato patch and not a single blemish on the spuds. I totally agree with every thing you say and that is my exact experience as well. Thats coming from the other side of the world! When you think about it, a natural forest becomes full of fruit trees and the whole floor has rotting leaves wood etc Natural ways are always best in the long term.

    Peter Sedesse

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    as big as wicket balls… everyone in the USA says ´huh´? Wood chips locking up nitrogen is not a myth, but it is insignificant. The layer where nitrogen is locked up is only a few millimeters thick and is constantly moving up as the woodchips compost. It is also well above where roots would be growing anyway. So theoretically it is true, but does not matter to gardeners.

    John Mcneill

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Mushrooms: Fungi Perfecti; Paul Stamets; Host Defense. “Mycelium Running” is a good read

    John Mcneill

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Looks like you are doing “permaculture” as per Geoff Lawson. You could add mushroom spores and cultivate oyster, lions mane, shiitake mushrooms. etc.🍺
    Looks like the wheelbarrow is good between showers. Had a few beers between barrows I hope. 🤔😊

    Jennifer Prescott

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    I do Back to Eden style gardening..sooo yes I am painfully envious of your chip pile…sigh

    Mad Mix

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Are you in Qld?

    Lamprine Datsika

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Super video!!! Wow!!!

    Sp Lk

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    good video, and best part mulch is free

    Ringtail Carpentry

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    G'day Mark. Great vid. We have been deep mulching with woodchip for 3 years and it's epic. I'm pretty sure the mulching up to trunk thing was covered in the back to eden videos. Learning from nature, no one goes out into the forest and clears around the trunks of trees so why do it in the home garden ? We mulch over 400 coffee trees, minimum 6 inches deep, right to the trunk with zero evidence of rot. Maybe do one or two as an experiment. Cheers.

    Bonnie Porthouse

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Another great one Mark! I think some people err when they cultivate fresh wood chips into their soil instead of just top dressing them. I've heard that would deplete nitrogen initially. Here in zone 9B central california, our sandy dry alkaline soil never produced well until we started the permaculture practices of chop & drop & wood chip mulching. The water saving from less evaporation has been remarkable. The soil has come to life with fertility & earthworms galore. Other species like lizards have come to live. I wasted a lot of time , effort, & money in past years on this property trying to solve soil fertility problems with chemical fertilizers. I just wish I had known about teachers like you & Back to Edens Paul Gautschi years sooner ! Such A beautiful property you have there!! Thanks🐝

    William Swinehart

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    G'Day Mark… My understanding of wood mulch, only takes the nitrogen out of the soil, is when you mix it with the soil. then the wood chips need the nitrogen to break down. Great Video

    Skinny Dog

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Agreed Mark. Mulch for the win!!!!

    Thai Pham

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    From my own experience it does lock up nitrogen if you mix it with your soil.

    Kirsten Carlton

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Wish we could get some rain

    Jeanette Doorey

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    You’ve convinced me to get a heap of mulch delivered,

    Donna Mcdonald

    (March 25, 2018 - 4:26 pm)

    Gorgeously healthy trees!  The mulch and rain are doing their magic. 🙂

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