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Jcweeder
May 17, 2017 8:17 PM CST
I have a couple of bags of wood chips . Would they be good for around trees or shrubs . Or just on a tree line to keep weeds under control . Will they draw ants or other bugs .
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tx_flower_child
May 17, 2017 8:28 PM CST
Generally speaking, wood chips make a great mulch for shrubs, trees, flowerbeds, etc. While you don't want to put the chips (or any mulch) right on top of the tree flares, I don't think you need to go out as far as the drip line. Might depend on the size of your trees.

The other issue that I can't really help you with is what type of wood chips you have. Presumably they are good quality. And I guess 'good' is relative.

Wood chips help preserve moisture in the soil. I don't think you need to worry about bugs.

Someone else will probably correct me if I'm wrong. Good luck!
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purpleinopp
May 19, 2017 4:52 PM CST
Excellent question, but without knowing where you are, one can't predict the pros/cons of wood chips as mulch in your location. I prefer shredded wood that decomposes much more quickly, but would gladly take offered wood chips. How big are they, on average?

All organic matter decomposes, and the critters who perform the decomposition range from microscopic to more substantial, recognizable critters like various beetles, "pill bugs," snails, slugs, whatever members of the decomposition crew that would normally live in a mulch-type environment in your area. They are a normal part of a healthy ecosystem, in which trees and shrubs usually live, outside of some forms of cultivated gardens/mowed areas.
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Jcweeder
May 19, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Thanks to all that replied to wood chips I live in nj the chips are very small , from my wood chipper . The chips came from branches from trees in my yard . Some pine , oak , ash etc .
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tx_flower_child
May 19, 2017 10:44 PM CST
Sounds good. We all have our preferences. For example, I go back & forth between finely shredded native hardwood and finely shredded native cedar. Anyway, you are definitely going native since you are using wood from your own trees. And it sounds like they'll be relatively small.

@purpleinopp did a good job explaining the decomposition process and 'bugs'.

Again, you never want to cover the root flares with any type of mulch.

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purpleinopp
May 20, 2017 7:18 AM CST
The only thing wrong with your plan that I see is that the wood chips are not coming to *my* yard. I've lived/gardened in OH (Z5) and AL (Z8), so have no specific anecdotes for NJ, in between the zones in which I've gardened, and far away from either. I never had an ant problem in OH but in AL they have veto powers over a lot of my activities, but mulch or lack thereof does not seem to be a factor. If only! That would be so easy to manipulate. Anyway, no idea what ants there are or what they do in NJ, but decomposition is always good anywhere. Best luck!

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