? how to speed up decomposition of wood chips
This is my first post in the Gardenweb forums.
I had to take down some huge trees in my front yard last fall, an American elm and red oak. It was a hard decision but I finally did it. Now I need to redo the front yard - I had a sycamore planted right away though not in the the same spot. My question has to do with the pile of wood chips left from the stump grinding. It's about 3 feet high and around 5 ft wide in the middle of the ivy bed that was under the trees. How do I speed up the decomposing process so I can use that material when re-doing the yard? (I'm planning on planting berry-bearing shrubs and lots of prairie-type plants until I can get my shade back in 20 years or so....)
Any suggestions ?