Tree Care As Match-Making

April 16 , 2009

Intimacy requires space. Sometimes our passion for trees means we love them to death, our aggressive designs ruin there love life when we really just need to let trees be trees. The wisdom of trees is the way of community, and wise tree care promotes healthy relationships. The vital web that has always sustained trees is complex to recreate once damaged or destroyed, but we can preserve the vestiges of lost fertility and help create new possibilities. Sometimes this simply means staying out the way.

It can be said that trees donít grow in soil, they grown in air. Roots, mycorrhizae, mycelia and countless members of the soil web live and grow in the space between particles. The right combination of moisture, oxygen, decaying organic matter, essential elements and everything else that keeps the community alive is destroyed by compaction. We sometimes love our trees so much that we cozy up to them, injuring soil and roots during construction of homes and roads. We apply fertilizers that are high in nitrogen, install sprinkler systems, install fabric and rock, drench or inject soil with broad-spectrum pesticides, sometimes doing more harm than good. Many common practices increase compaction and make normal life in the rhizosphere more difficult or impossible.

The most reliable way to relieve compaction and grow subterranean wildlife is the simplest. Properly-applied mulch replicates the natural conditions in which most species of trees evolved. Wild soils are covered with decaying vegetation and animals and contain varying amounts of humus in each soil layer. Compaction is relieved by the movement of soil organisms that inhabit and digest this material, creating compost and opening spaces between soil particles. Each cubic meter of wild forest soil contains hundreds of thousands of insects, mites, arthropods, worms and other small animals, and one handful of this soil contains billions of bacteria belonging to thousands of species. Soils in developed and built environments will never reach this richness or diversity, but by nurturing the life in soil, we create the possibility for intimate and meaningful relationships

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