How exactly does a rotting stump remove nitrogen...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KenH, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
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    from the soil???
     
  2. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    ok, now, what about this one? want me to answer, or will you do the honors?
     
  3. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
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    hehe.....go ahead.
     
  4. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    The process of decomposition requires a fuel source. That fuel source is Nitrogen.
     
  5. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
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    Does that have something to do with the microbes that decompose the stump and roots using Nitrogen as a food source hence making it unavailable to the plants above (though I usually notice this more in lawns).

    I remember seeing something about that on HGTV a couple of weeks ago.:D
     
  6. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ding ding ding ding......we have a winner....:D :D Although I was really looking foward to bobbygedds answer...:p

    John----You wtch way too much TV...you should be out working...:)
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    glan stole my answer. no, not really. i didnt know.
     
  8. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Ummm..................

    If you mulch planting beds with any "organic" hardwood mulch or any wood product. The soil will be depleated of NITROGEN.


    NITROGEN is the FUEL source for decomposition


    So why would would you think the stump is any different?
     
  9. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im not sure what you mean by this......I do believe a rotting stump removes precious N from the soil. (See my other threads about planting on top of tree stumps.)
     
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
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    typing skills? whats wrong with my typing skills?
     

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