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wood chip depth

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by stimpy, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. stimpy

    stimpy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    A woman I mow for asked some tree guys to leave her some wood chips to put around her oak tree for mulch/bark. The problem is they left her way to much. The oak is about 3 feet in diameter. She spread the chips 2 to 3 inches deep out from the base 12 to 15 feet but not to the drip line. She has enough chips left to bring the depth up to 8 or 10 inches. Do you guys think this would be a problem for the tree...
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,315

    Leave it at 2-4 inches max, and not around the base. Any more than 4" is really pointless and may affect soil-atmosphere gaseous exchange depending on how the stuff was chipped.
     
  3. Grohorganic

    Grohorganic LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    time to start her a compost pile with some used pallets
     
  4. 10 inches is way too much....I would say 6 inches at the most. It sounds like a matter of using the same amount of chips but bringing them out to the drip line...or beyond.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Those wood chips are going to turn into a weedy nightmare if it hasn't been composted at all.
     

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