What is a ramial chipped wood?
Ramial chipped wood or RCW is a milled mixture of leaves and ramial wood (stem diameter < 2.75 in), composed predominantly of non-resinous tree species (min. 80% of mix content). This ramial wood has the particular feature of containing young lignin, a material that when incorporated in the soil is easily degraded by moulds and yeasts located at the base of soil food chains. By inducing a soil fungi population growth, RCW stimulates soil microbial activity and consequently the biological processes responsible for humus production, an organic material playing a critical role in soil productivity.
Why use a RCW mulch ?
Beyond fulfilling the traditional function of a mulch, RCW can be used as a natural soil amendment, an application which…
- Improves soil structure and aeration;
- Reduces water and fertilizer use;
- Helps to maintain a neutral soil pH
About Agro Énergie’s Ramial Chipped Wood
Agro Énergie ramial chipped wood is produced from short-rotation willow coppice, a production method yielding several benefits such as:
- A homogenous quality;
Not consisting of mixed tree trimmings, a willow RCW curtails the risk of introducing inadvertently detrimental insects and diseases in landscaping works.
- A resin-free composition;
A 100% deciduous content insures that a Willow RCW’s use does not yield a soil-acidifying effect that can inhibit plant development and growth.
- A renewable material available year-round.
The growth vigor demonstrated by our willow varieties insures a stable and secured yearly-supply for our regular customers.
Our Willow RCW mulch is available in bulk and 2 cu3 bags. Contact-us today for a price inquiry.