June 19th, 2019
Definition: A “cuvette” is a flat, circular area around a tree which is bordered by a small wall or ridge of soil, forming a basin. A single “cuvette” is made around newly planted seedling trees, while double “cuvettes” are made around adult trees.
Benefits of making and maintaining cuvettes:
● Conserves and concentrates water at the root level. The walls of the cuvettes hold the water around the roots to avoid runoff.
● Helps stabilize adult trees by promoting lateral root growth.
● Aids in the prevention of disease, especially fungus disease, by not concentrating water at the base of the trunk.
● Pest control, especially termites, by keeping mulch and fertilizer away from the trunk.
Learn more about this common agroforestry technique in Module 10 of the Forest Garden Training Manual.