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best use of fresh woodchips

Posted by thedarkness 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 9, 14 at 20:56

what would you say is the best use of fresh woodchips? ive put them as a base layer in a lasagna, worked well. ive used in paths, looked nice, and used in compost when lacking browns (took months to break down). but what would you say are your favorite ways to use them? i have access to pretty much as much as i want, so nearly anything is a good idea.


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RE: best use of fresh woodchips

Long-lasting mulch and path coverings, and mixed with grass clippings to compost without going slimy.

I compost them too, but only when I have finished the first choices.


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As mulch.


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Mulch. Put it down about 3-4 inches thick, and it lasts a few years, and then put down another 3-4 inches.


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I wish I could locate some wood chips.

Last year, I got a pickup truck full and used them between my raised beds & as mulch. They've since broken down quite a bit and I'd love to add a second layer.


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I have gotten wood chips from tree trimmers who keep the lines clear for the power company. When they are working close to my house, I have found them happy to drop them off since it is close and easy. I just stop and ask.

I get wood shavings from woodworkers, and sawdust from a local sawmill. The sawmill sells sawdust for animal bedding, but any that has gotten wet is free for the taking.

I use all of these as mulch in mixed borders and on paths. I use the wood shavings, which tend to be fluffier, as a heavy layer over vegetable crops I want to winter over in the ground, and then remove them in the spring for reuse in garden paths.


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