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The Beaten Path

Exposed tree roots are the first thing I see wrong with this picture.

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The Beaten Path

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Tree Roots

Organic matter is critical to the natural health of plants. Exposed soils, leads to poor soil Conditions. Which in turn leads to exposed roots and compacted soil. Not a good place to grow if you're a bug or a tree.

Soil Porosity

This is a porosity test, we conducted in a clients yard.

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Compacted Soil or The Beaten Path

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Start Pouring

Porosity Test

How fast will a gallon of water, soak into the ground, in a given spot?

Porosity Test

Like all brilliant answers, the answer is a question.

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Keep Pouring

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Still Pouring

Porosity Test

The question or answer is; It Depends.

Porosity Test

What it depends on are:

1. The moisture in the soil.

2. The slope or grade of the soil.

3. The temperature of the soil.

4. The porosity of the soil.

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Still Pouring

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So that's why the trees are still thirsty.

Porosity Test

When the soil is this compacted, it takes a long time for a gallon of water to soak in. Even when it flows down hill, over a large surface area.

Soil Porosity

One gallon of water was applied to this spot. As you can see, most of it went down stream. With the water, went some of the soil. Not much soaked in where it was poured out. We can fix this.

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Soil Porosity Test

Vertical Mulching

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We use a high torque gas powered drill to bore holes into the compacted soil.  This 1 3/4  or our 2 inch bit used correctly causes little damage to the tree roots.

Food Waste Compost

Next we fill the holes with our food waste and mortality screened compost.

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Partically Composted

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Once all the holes have been filled with compost we cover the area with 4 inches of our Partically Composted Mulch.