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is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover?

Posted by gwald 9B (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 15:35

hi - is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover? I took out some out-of-hand juniper bush/trees. I want to have them chipped and then use it to spread on the dirt around shrubs, etc. These were healthy trees, just too gnarly!

Any down-side to this?

thx


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RE: is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover?

Nope - have at it.


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RE: is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover?

  • Posted by TXEB 9a (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 20:15

It will be great lasting mulch. If you're putting it around exiting plants first pile it up like a compost pile and turn it weekly for 3-4 weeks to allow it to partially decompose aerobically. The potential problem is "sour mulch", which is the emission of volatile organic acids (e.g., formic acid) that occurs in the early stages of wood decomposition. It can and does kill plants. See link below for more on sour mulch.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sour Mulch - Solvita


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RE: is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover?

If your wood chip mulch is kept to a reasonable depth, 3 to 4 inches at most, it will not generate enough heat for that pyrolisis to occur. I have seen what the article is about on rare occassions when wood chips are stored in such a way that they can generate quite a bit of heat and are not allowed to cool down before application.


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RE: is it ok to use juniper chips as a ground cover?

thank you for all of the information!


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