Tree cutting

My husband came home with 4 sacks of tree wood chip. He is keen to use it as mulch for the garden to suppress weed. I wonder if anyone can advise if it has other effect such as changing the soil acid level which may affect plants which are in the garden already. Thank you.

 

 

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,088

    I use it all the time. Conifer chippings may be acidic but I find the chips hold the moisture in the soil and the advantages are bigger than the disadvantages. You do have to make sure the soil is moist before you put them on.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,493

    As long as you continue to appropriately feed your garden then wood chip has no effects on established plants.

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  • Don't dig, rake, hoe or otherwise work the chippings into the soil The microbiota which decompose the (carbonaceous) wood will require nitrogen and will take it in from the soil. The more it is worked in the more surface area there will be to mobilise soil soil nitrogen and other soil nutrients .

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