Can I 'speed up' the ageing of fresh wood chips?
We are able to get wood chips for free from our community. Usually they are somewhat aged, but the last batch they dropped off looks too fresh to use. I understand that fresh mulch steals nitrogen.
Is there any way to speed the aging process?
Are there any steps that I can take to use it in some of the areas that I have plantings--adding fertilizer underneath or something.
Just fyi, we use this mulch for various things on our property, including pathways and walkways, around some of our trees (so the lawn tractor doesn't have to go as close, but we also use it on a few areas far from the house where I have a few beds of garden experiments going.