Tips for Using Wood Chips for a Landscape

There are quite a few different types of organic materials that can be used in a yard. A smart option is Wood Chips. These are able to suppress weeds, improve the look of a landscape and retain the moisture in the soil. Also, this type of landscaping material can help to regulate the soil temperatures adding a natural feel to an area. They can even be used to create a path and prevent dusty or muddy conditions. However, prior to using this material for landscaping purposes, it is a good idea to learn about them.

Prior to spreading the chips, make sure to hoe away or pull up any weeds. If there are a lot present, then make sure to use an herbicide on the area. Once all the weeds are removed, it is time to spread the chips very loosely over the area. Make sure to create a uniform layer of about two or three inches.

When placing the Wood Chips, leave an area of about six inches around all plants and other types of wooden structures. If they are in direct contact with plants or wood, they can trap the moisture against the object or vegetation. In the long run, this may result in rot.

Once all the chips are in place, make sure to water them well. This will help to prevent the formation of a fungal mycelial mat, which can cause the chips to be water resistant. Once in place, the work isn’t done. It is a good idea to inspect the wood chips on a regular basis. This includes flipping or fluffing them on a regular basis if they begin to appear faded, compacted or have developed fungi on the top.

While there are many options that can be used in a landscape design, it is a good idea to consider the benefits and look of each one prior to making a decision. Timberline Tree Service can provide insight regarding the right material to use. Being informed is the best way to ensure that the desired look for any landscape space is achieved and that a homeowner loves it for years to come.

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