Garden Preparation - Wood chips to mulch

Discussion in 'The Green Patch' started by rockriver, Mar 18, 2015.


  1. rockriver

    rockriver Monkey+

    I recommend watching the video
    backtoedenfilm.com

    by placing wood chips (example is from a tree trimming company) in your garden and around fruit trees... the deteriorating chips will provide wonderful mulch for veggies, fruits etc...
     
  2. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

  3. Mindgrinder

    Mindgrinder Karma Pirate Ninja Jedi Bipolar WINNING M.L.F.

    It's a good film but few have reproduced similar results.
    Keep in mind, Paul has been building his soil from wood chips and chicken poos for 20+ years...it won't happen in 2-3.
     
  4. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    Wood chips do require plenty of Nitrogen in the decomposition process. Something to keep in mind, also.

    Wood Chip Backyard Biology
     
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  5. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    I use cow chips, The wife is amazed at how well the plants do
     
  6. RightHand

    RightHand Old Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    One thing to remember about using woodchips which may or may not apply to your area - woodchips are a favorite breeding ground for ticks.
     
  7. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    And Termites
     
  8. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Depends on the wood chips and what other type of composting material you use. Not a huge fan of wood chips except as a ground cover for keeping weeds down in flower beds.
     
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  9. chelloveck

    chelloveck Shining the light on a truthier truth!

    Wood chips are good for weed suppression, reducing water loss due to evaporation, moderating soil temperature, adjusting soil PH, and improving the soil profile. However...depending on the source of the parent wood....

    may

    • Encourage white-ants, termites, borers,
    • Affect soil PH adversely by raising or lowering soil PH,
    • Affect soil fertility due to nitrogen draw down caused by microbes metabolising the cellulose in the wood chips,
    • Create habitat for bugs, spiders, insects, etc that may be harmful to garden plants (on the upside..the habitat may support beneficial insects and spiders etc.
    • Cause Tannins and other chemicals to leach from wood/bark chips which may suppress your fruit and vegetable plants as well as weeds.
    • Create a fire risk, especially if placed adjacent to dwellings and out buildings.

    Before deciding on woodchips as a gardening option....do a risk / cost-benefit analysis first.
     
  10. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    There are a few dairy farms that stopped/minimize there use of antibiotics and I pick up some of their manure.
     
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