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Fremont, CA
May 1, 2020 12:18 AM CST
I recently had to cut down my 50+ ft tall redwood tree as it was too close to a few homes. The people who cut it, also helped grind the root into the soil. This was an year ago. Now I want to reclaim that area for a vegetable patch. I find the soil still very 'woody', almost like a fine mulch.
Do I need to amend or replace this soil? I tried planting a few beans etc, but their growth seems to be tepid compared to the beans growing elsewhere in the yard

My gardener says no need to amend but I have my doubts

Any advise would be appreciated
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
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May 1, 2020 3:51 AM CST
In order for wood to decompose you need a lot of nitrogen, as a matter as a fack nothing in nature decomposes without nitrogen. So give the area a shot of 9-1-1 poultry mix, or some 21-0-0 synthetic fertilizer. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. It will take a while for things to work and turn green again, so be patient.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 1, 2020 7:04 AM CST
Redwood doesn't decompose readily.
They use redwood to buiold outside furniture for that reason.

even if you remove all the woody material, you are still going to have a ton of root mass that the stump grinder never touched.

I'd reconsider.

maybe place a picnic table or other feature there... I really can't imagine reclaming that spot for veggies any time soon... how about a nice potted plant?
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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May 1, 2020 9:43 AM CST
I agree with Stone! If in doubt. grab a shovel an dig around the area. I'll bet you run into large roots.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 1, 2020 10:03 AM CST
I agree with Stone also. As this was first growth redwood, it will be there forever. Its only second growth redwood that eventually decomposes.
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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May 1, 2020 10:44 AM CST
I agree.
I took out and ground up a big maple 10 years ago and still have surpising amount of roots. Semi rotted but still enough to annoy.
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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May 1, 2020 11:14 AM CST
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Name: Dick Strever
No.Calif amongst the Redwoods (Zone 8b)
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May 1, 2020 1:17 PM CST
like others here have already mentioned Redwood takes forever to decompose, sometimes never
and for sure all those roots did not get ground up
that area will be acidic for a long time
you might want to look for plants that like Rich acidic PH soil

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Fremont, CA
May 1, 2020 2:47 PM CST
Thank you oneeyeluke, stone, ctcarol, DaisyI, sallyg, crawgarden, Strever. I am so happy I found this group and can seek advice from experts like you. Appreciate you all taking time to share your thoughts

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