mulching question - using "green" chipper shavings as mulch

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mulching question - using "green" chipper shavings as mulch

Post by Mike Stoke » Sun, 18 Nov 2001 03:32:15



I'm cutting a few small trees from my wooded back yard and generally
cleaning up around the yard.  I have access to a borrowed chipper.  Are
there any  drawbacks to using the fresh "chips" as mulch around trees and
shrubs?
 
 
 

mulching question - using "green" chipper shavings as mulch

Post by BeeCroft » Sun, 18 Nov 2001 03:39:41


Pull em back from the stem a few inches, don't pile them on deep if you think
they will heat up.
 
 
 

mulching question - using "green" chipper shavings as mulch

Post by KrisHu » Mon, 19 Nov 2001 06:51:49


In addition to BeeCrofter's advice, don't use old rotting wood (chip
separately) or you may introduce fungus and mold to your plants.


Quote:
> I'm cutting a few small trees from my wooded back yard and generally
> cleaning up around the yard.  I have access to a borrowed chipper.  Are
> there any  drawbacks to using the fresh "chips" as mulch around trees and
> shrubs?

 
 
 

mulching question - using "green" chipper shavings as mulch

Post by Rondi Anderso » Mon, 19 Nov 2001 15:31:07


Don't know if this has been mentioned, but I've read that wood chips
take up nitrogen as they breakdown.

How small will the chip grind them down and how think will you be laying
it down? I've done it before. They were an inch to two and spread out
pretty thinly. I did need to add extra nitrogen. I think a finer chip
wouldn't have been better.

I kinda think the fungus problem really depends on where you live.
Fungus is part of their nature biodegrading process and will happen
later on to the chips eventual. Here in SE Kansas it's pretty dry and
breezy and seeing as I've never seen mold in anyone's Garden or heard of
it I don't think it would ever be a probe here because of the climate.

Rondi

Quote:

> In addition to BeeCrofter's advice, don't use old rotting wood (chip
> separately) or you may introduce fungus and mold to your plants.



> > I'm cutting a few small trees from my wooded back yard and generally
> > cleaning up around the yard.  I have access to a borrowed chipper.  Are
> > there any  drawbacks to using the fresh "chips" as mulch around trees and
> > shrubs?