Re: Wood chip ground cover for large areas
I agree with Tim and use them in the same manner myself. I too get them from tree trimming companies, but I don't pay for them, I just watch for trucks in my area and tell them to dump in my driveway. I can also go over to the local utility yard and pick them up myself for free. If you can get them, eucalyptus is the best because the euc repels fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes, they also help to deter cats from using your yard as a litter box as well as mask odors.
When laying the chips out, keep in mind that they'll compact down to about half the thickness that you apply them, so you'll need 6" to 8" deep for it to compact and finish out at the 3 - 4" depth that is recommended. Keep the chips 8" - 12" away from trees, plants, and shrubs or you can cause problems with the plants.
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