Using Ramial Wood Chips to Improve Fertility in a Fruit Tree Nursery

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2004: $2,232.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Maine
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: apples


  • Crop Production: agroforestry, foliar feeding, organic fertilizers, tissue analysis
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Pest Management: botanical pesticides, integrated pest management, prevention, weed ecology
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil analysis, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    This project will use ramial wood chips-—these are chips from small-diameter deciduous trees, limbs, and brush-—as a source of nutrients and organic matter in a fruit tree nursery. The wood chips will be tilled into the soil and used as a mulch. Various measurements will determine the effect on plant growth and soil composition, and outreach will be through a field day and publication.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.