Best Wood Chips for Fruit Trees with Linda Chalker-Scott

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Learn about the best wood mulches for fruit trees with Linda Chalker-Scott, Professor of Horticulture at Washington State University in this episode of the Orchard People radio show and podcast.

Linda is the award-winning author of six books including How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do (Science for Gardeners). She also is one of the Garden Professors ‚Äď a group of academic colleagues who educate through their blog and Facebook pages. Also check out her WSU page about horticultural myths

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  • (00:00) - Introduction to the Benefits of Wood Mulch for Fruit Trees
  • (00:37) - The Potential Risks of Using Diseased Wood Mulch
  • (01:01) - About Linda Chalker Scott
  • (02:07) - Understanding Different Types of Wood Mulch
  • (02:53) - Mulch from Garden Stores
  • (04:51) - Listener Questions: Is Sawdust a Good Mulch?
  • (05:44) - Is Colored Mulch Bad?
  • (06:20) - Is Mulch Chemically Treated with Pesticides?
  • (07:21) - Deep Dive into Arborist Wood Chips
  • (10:45) - Leaf Mulch vs Wood Mulch
  • (12:29) - Straw, Pine Shavings and Chicken Manure as Mulch
  • (13:53) - Do You Need to Add Fertilizer to Mulch?
  • (15:12) - Disease Transmission Through Mulch
  • (22:06) - Should You Mulch Other Types of Trees and Plants with Wood Mulch?
  • (23:13) - Willow and Aspen Mulch and Fruit Trees
  • (25:15) - Live Q&A: Anthrancnose and Wood Chips
  • (26:15) - Fallen Leaves around Trees and Containers
  • (28:02) - Should You Use Wood Chips from Ailanthus and Invasive Trees ?
  • (29:36) - Commercial Break and Upcoming Guest Teaser
  • (33:33) - Deep Dive into Arborist Wood Chips for Mulching
  • (34:12) - Listener Questions: From B ooks to Mulching Practices
  • (36:20) - Should You Layer Leaf Compost with Wood Chips?
  • (37:42) - Vertical Mulching and Loamy Soil
  • (38:54) - Protecting Your Fruit Tree from Insect Pests
  • (41:55) - Extra Irrigation and Wood Mulch
  • (43:13) - Introducing ChipDrop: A Solution for Wood Chip Needs
  • (51:20) - Linda's Hints for Using ChipDrop
  • (53:09) - Making Wood Mulch from Fire Wood
  • (54:25) - Hugelkultur and Burying Logs and Sticks
  • (55:46) - Wrapping Up: Final Thoughts and Resources

Creators and Guests

Susan Poizner
Susan Poizner
Author, fruit tree educator, and Creator of the award-winning fruit tree care education website
Best Wood Chips for Fruit Trees with Linda Chalker-Scott
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