I am new to the idea of hugelkultur and have a quick question. Sorry, if this is in the forum already and i missed it, but is kiln dried lumber ok for builing a hugelkutlur? I live in a new subdivision so not many trees to get wood from, but they are still building new homes and throw away ridiculous amounts of 2x4s and what not and was wondering if i could use this wasted resource? Obviously i don't want to use anything treated or plywood that is a given. Any input would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
my understanding is that dry wood will work as well. I don't think it will be as effective at reducing irrigation in the first few years.
posted 7 years ago
Adrien - thank you for your quick reply! I am not so concerned about the irrigation portion, that is secondary for me. My main goal is to build up and loosen the crappy clay backfill that the developer used to create my lawn.
I think over time it will work, but since the wood is dry, it will take some times to start breaking down and contributing to the soil structure and organic matter. What you could do is plant a green manure and do "chop and drop" on top of the hugel bed. When you cut the green manure, the plant will shed roots that will help build organic matter.
I put lots of construction scrap in beds, no problem. I do NOT put any chipboard or pressure treated, but any 2x material I can get my hands on.
If you want to kickstart it, put that lumber in a puddle for a week before you bury it.
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