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May 1, 2020 12:18 AM CST
Fremont, CA
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
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May 1, 2020 3:51 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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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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May 1, 2020 7:04 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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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?
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May 1, 2020 9:43 AM CST
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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I agree with Stone! If in doubt. grab a shovel an dig around the area. I'll bet you run into large roots.
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May 1, 2020 10:03 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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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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May 1, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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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.
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May 1, 2020 11:14 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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May 1, 2020 1:17 PM CST
Name: Dick Strever
No.Calif amongst the Redwoods (Zone 9a)
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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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May 1, 2020 2:47 PM CST
Fremont, CA
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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