Mulching trees in the chicken pasture
One of the stumbling blocks
in creating a forest pasture from scratch is protecting
the trees while they get established. Previously, I'd been
surrounding new trees with a cage of flexible
which does keep the chickens out but also keeps the gardener out.
The result? Weeds grow, I don't water, and about half the trees
die from neglect.
I filled some of these
mulch boxes with leaves raked out of the woods, but I'm more confident
in my second experimental choice --- summer-cut saplings. We had
a couple of helpers come in over the summer and cut back the
young trees (and briars and vines) in the powerline pasture, and they
left the woody debris lying in piles. I figured the slender
trees, with leaves still hanging on, would make great mulch around my
fruit trees since the branches would make it tougher for chickens to
scratch the mulch up while the leaves would fill in the gaps and coat
the soil. To hedge my bets, I also stacked rotting logs on top of
the brushy mulch.
The Avian Aqua Miser never spills or fills with poop.
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