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Woodchip mulch for paths

  • Subject: [cg] Woodchip mulch for paths
  • From: "Sally McCabe" SMcCabe@pennhort.org
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:30:23 -0400
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  • Thread-topic: Woodchip mulch for paths

We use woodchips here in Philly for the same reason.  Many gardeners put
down carpet scraps to keep weeds from coming up, then cover them with
chips. Over time (usually a few months) the chips break down, so spring
and fall we shovel them up into the beds to supplement the soil, then
spread more chips.

Even if powers-that-be insist on plowing/tilling, chips spread out in
the fall will have broken down enough and shouldn't be a problem to
spring plowing. Just put cardboard or newspaper down as a base instead
of the carpeting.

Sally McCabe

> Since wood chips are delivered free to our garden, we use them.  I
> the tree folks calling me all the time looking for a place to dump
their chips
> somewhere otherwise they have to pay tipping fees at our local
> We probably got 15 to 20 dump truckloads of chips dumped in our garden

> paths and between the raised beds we created this year.
> See at...   http://www.casagarden.com/grow.htm
> In the tomato, cucumber, zucchini,  and squash rows, the wood chips
> see are about 15" to 20" deep! The vegetables are growing on rows
raised the
> same height.
> We raised our rows this year to address drainage/soil compaction
> Problem solved.  I hope to double our yield this year now that these
> problems are solved.

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