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  • #7955

    maria
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    I have a queston. I can get a lot of acacia wood chips for mulching the soil. Now I heard someone say that the acacia trees and also the wood chips will acidificate the soil. Does anyone know more about this or has experience with this?

    Greetings,
    Maria

    #7963

    David
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    I wouldn’t hesitate to use them. Even if they did acidify somewhat, the benefits of soil protection, water conservation and weed suppression as well as adding organic matter as they breakdown far out way any disadvantage.

    #8007

    Sam Ryan
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    I second that, if you are worried about the pH getting too low, you could always sprinkle a little bit of lime on the chips to balance it out, but wait and see what happens if you do nothing first.

    #8016

    Amara
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    Are there any trees that one should avoid for use of wood chips? Eucalyptus I have heard is not worth using. Any other trees one should avoid?

    thanks, new to this site today and love it.
    in Gratitude.

    #8038

    Sheesh
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    By no means an expert but would suggest follow your nose, any tree with a strong sharp smell is likely to have an effect, eucalyptus, juniper, and many pine tree’s I know kill off competition in this way.

    Did find this though thought it might help

    https://www.tappsa.co.za/archive2/Journal_papers/New_method_of_measuring/new_method_of_measuring.html

    offers some comparisons and right down the bottom they give a simple method for testing yourself :)

    #8039

    David
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    In permaculture, “the problem is the solution”. Do you have plants you want to control or eliminate? Use that mulch for that. Otherwise just use it lightly with other mulches and it will balance out.

    #8045

    Amara
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    Thank you Sheesh. I’ll take a look at the article.

    #8046

    Amara
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    Dear David, Yes, that is a good thought.

    #8264

    maria
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    Thanks a lot.
    In the meantime I heard also when some trees are allelopatic, you can always let the chips lie in a heap and the fungi will do their work. At the moment that there are white streaks in the heap, it seems all allelopatic parts are gone.

    #8284

    Amara
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    Thanks Maria. That makes since. Do you happen to have a link to this information?

    Joy,
    Amara

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