Nutrient beds are a rather new concept that is gaining a lot of popularity in the landscaping community. They are a terrific and organic way of substantially improving tree health. We like to think of nutrient beds as mulching 2.0. We think you’ll agree with us after reading this post.
Nutrient beds are an organic form of tree care. The beds are comprised of mulching that closely mimics the material found in a natural forest floor. This helps trees thrive by retaining vital nutrients and promoting moisture retention.
Almost every time we remove a tree, we find the tree to be in poor health. This is partly due to malnourishment stemming from inadequate mulching.
Nutrient beds feed the soil, which in turn feeds the trees, shrubs, and vegetation. Unlike conventional mulching, nutrients beds often consist of bigger materials. Instead of using wood or pine chips, for instance, you would use whole pieces of logs. This gives you a lot of creative freedom for producing a natural and picturesque landscape.
You have to loosen the soil first using a rotary tilling machine or bobcat with a fork. The next step is to create an 8-inch layer of mulch using leaves, twigs, and other non-manmade material. Top this off with split logs; place these cut-side up.
The setup process is actually quite labor-intensive. We advise leaving the work to a tree service. In fact, we recommend setting up a bed following a tree pruning. We can cut up the removed branches and use them as mulching material.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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