The Q&A Archives: Making Redwood Mulch

Question: I have a large property and have been buying shredded redwood bark mulch by the truckload.

On my property, there are large numbers of downed redwood and Douglas fir tree limbs, branches and stems.

Can I chip up these downed limbs, branches and stems to use for mulch?

Answer: You can chip the falled limbs and branches and use the end result for mulch material. The difference between shredded bark and chipped redwood is that the shredded bark is bark only, and it will have long fibers so it won't decompose as rapidly as chipped wood. Chipped wood will have a finer composition and will decompose more rapidly. Either product works fine as a mulch material.

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