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Bark vs Woodchip

Can anyone describe the pros and cons of bark bought as a bulk bag or home made woodchip (in an attempt to be sustainable).  My only assumptions so far are: 

a. Bark looks more like soil and is good aesthetically.

b. Chipping your own is more labour intensive and not necessarily cheaper.

c. Homemade woodchip is brighter, lighter and perhaps acidic? Is that detrimental to the plants that will be surrounded with it? Is bulk bag bark PH neutral?

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