Ask a Question forum: Fresh Wood Chips OK to Use Without Composting?

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Name: Rob
Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Native Plants and Wildflowers
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nuttallii
May 17, 2018 4:38 PM CST
I just got a huge delivery of wood chips from an arborist. I think they must be from fir trees because there are lots of green needles. Anyway, can I use the material immediately, without composting? Should I sprinkle in some ammonium salts with the chips? Thanks!
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
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Altheabyanothername
May 17, 2018 5:29 PM CST
Hi! Welcome! Nuttallii--

As long as you are using them as top dressing they would be good to go if it has been say 72 hours since chipping. Chipping generates heat in the chips. It can take them a little bit to cool off.
The smaller the heaps the quicker they cool down. I go pretty close to the plants but they are all established perennials. Saves on watering and the slow break down gives a little feed in the heat.

Working on mine right now with fresh chips.

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Share a picture when you are done! Love to see yours!

May joy and.happiness surround you!
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Name: Rob
Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Native Plants and Wildflowers
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nuttallii
May 17, 2018 5:36 PM CST
Thank you for the quick reply, Sharon! They must have dropped 8 yards of chips, so I should be getting some good exercise, this weekend! I'll share a pic when I finish. Take care!
Name: Rob
Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Native Plants and Wildflowers
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nuttallii
May 21, 2018 12:27 PM CST
Still at it, but I have a few pics of the yard
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
Daylilies Composter Cottage Gardener Hibiscus Enjoys or suffers hot summers Zinnias
Salvias Bulbs Amaryllis Lilies Clematis Region: Texas
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Altheabyanothername
May 21, 2018 4:41 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! It looks really nice! You are doing a fantastic job! I tip my hat to you. These are good photos. You could also submit them as landscape photos and earn acorns.

May you be blessed with success!
One to take to heart....1 John 4
Name: Rob
Portland, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Native Plants and Wildflowers
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nuttallii
May 21, 2018 5:46 PM CST
Thanks, Sharon!

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