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Ramial Chipped Wood

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Ramial chipped wood (RCW), also called BRF (from the French name, bois raméal fragmenté) refers to the wood chips made from small to medium-sized green branches up to 7 cm in diameter, chopped up with their leaves. RCW is high in nutrients, an excellent “soil builder,” promotes the growth of soil fungi and activates the biological life of the soil. During the decomposition process, RCW releases more nutrients than regular wood chips or conifer mulch. The ensuing nutrient-rich humus is excellent for improving soil structure. As with all mulches, it is very effective in suppressing weeds, for conserving soil moisture and for promoting rainwater penetration.

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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