Wood Chip Myth

penstemon penstemon@Q.com
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:47:22 PDT

>When using arborist's wood chips (not retail bark chips) in the garden, the
>chips do not bind up nitrogen in the soil if you just lay them on top of the
>soil. Here the arborist's chips are free but you do have to take a truck
>load, about 10-13 cu.ft. if you are spreading them yourself.

In a semiarid climate like mine, wood mulches, like mulches of other organic matter, prevent rainfall from reaching the soil.
I use gravel, or no mulch at all. 
Bob Nold
Denver, Colorado, USA

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