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Post  Frank207 Wed Sep 22, 2021 3:34 pm

I just had a pine tree cut down and was able to get a small pile of wood chips from it. 

My question is:  Can I use these wood chips in place of other Brown(nitrogen) material and can I use them now or do I need to wait?  

I do plan on raking up my leaves when they start falling.  I would like to get thru the winter using the leaves and wood chips.

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Post  sanderson Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:24 pm

The short answer is yes you can use them in a compost pile as a high-carbon brown. The longer answer is that they will not break down for years so you will have to screen your home made compost with a 1/4" screen to remove as much as possible. You do NOT want to add wood chips to your Mel's Mix. The screening can be used in the next, and the next, and the next, compost pile.

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Post  OhioGardener Thu Sep 23, 2021 5:19 pm

My favorite way to use the wood chips, other than putting them down in pathways and the BTE, is to make as large a pile of them as possible and let them set for a year to compost down into some of the best mulch you can get. Since most of the loads of wood chips include both the chipped wood and the leaves/needles of the tree, it has a good balance of browns and greens necessary for making compost.

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Post  sanderson Mon Oct 04, 2021 1:41 pm

Ramial wood chips (live branches that are chipped with their green leaves) makes a great landscape mulch around permanent trees and bushes.

I used them to start my little BTE strip and stored extra in a rolling bin. The mycelium that grew over the winter glued the chips together. Great stuff.

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