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I have just had 7 very large Leylanii cut down and chipped. I have put some of them on a woodland path I have but have till got a huge mound left. I know it is acidic and would damage some plants but wondered if any would benefit mulching with it? Failing that what do I do with it - will it compost down in time and be safe to use on the garden in general?
Yes, once fully compotsted the chippings will become neutral and can then be used anywhere on your garden. To accelerate the composting process, mix in a lot of soft green matter such as grass clippings. You can also add diluted urine or a high-nitrate fertiliser such chicken manure/pellets.
Thanks Bob, how long before they are usable? The problem is that the man who came to chip them just sprayed them in a heap regardless! He covered 3 of my compost bins completely! I have moved 58 wheelbarrows full round to a long wildlife path I have, but the pile is still higher than me! I have another area with foxgloves, primroses, hellebores etc. in it, would it be ok to mulch them or any other type of plant? I am desperate to reduce the pile!!
I have a friendly tree surgeon who regularly brings me chippings. I find layered as Bob says, with grass clipping they break down in no time at all. Well I reckon , in the great scheme of things, 6 months is not time.
Even left to their own devices, as you have a mix of foliage , and woody stems, it should still break down quickly.
Try to get your hands on some builders' dumpy sacks.
Thanks for that advice, I will try and get some.
For established borders, no problem to use them fresh. This horticulturalist prefers them that way: http://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/wood-chips.pdf She cautions that for annual borders and veg patches where you need seedlings to grow they should be composted first but otherwise won't be a problem. By the way, I really like this lady Linda Chalker-Scott because she tests garden truisms in scientific conditions. See her horticultural myths.