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CULT: results of twigs for shade experiment

We had good soil moisture a few weeks back so I went ahead and planted
some new aquisitions right in the ground, rather than starting them in
pots, then piled little heaps of freshly cut leafy twigs on top of
them.  Each plant got 2 to 4 leafy tree branch pieces, each 1 to 2 feet
(< 50 cm) long, cut from what was handy - weed tree seedlings that I
need to get rid of anyway.  Mostly these were box elder (Acer negundo),
honey locust (Gleditzia? or is it Robininia?), green ash (Fraxinus
something or other), or American elm (Ulmus americana).  

It worked great!  The twiggy parts kept the leaves from packing down &
even tho all these trees have leaves that decompose quickly, in the dry
heat of summer, they have held together so far & have made a nice airy
mulch that kept the soil right around the plants from drying out for
several days between showers.

Too hot and dry again to do more of this unless I haul the hose out -
back to  pots.

Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8

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