Woodchips are basically a medium sized material made up of cut or chipped larger pieces of wood. A machine called a wood chipper is used for transforming large pieces of wood into smaller pieces. Wood chipping has a variety of uses. This product can be used in landscaping and garden mulch. It’s used for playground surfaces, mulch and in some places even fuel. Woodchips is a great way to keep weeds under control, water conservation, prevention of soil erosion and supporting the germination of seeds.
Wood Chips as shown in the figure above come in a multitude of colour, shapes and sizes. Depending on what your next project requires, you can certainly bring any garden to life just by using this simple product. If you’re thinking of taking on the challenge of Dying Wood Chips yourself, here’s a great link that will take you step by step through the process. http://www.ehow.com/how_7726828_color-wood-chips.html
Personally, I like to purchase my woodchips from a local company called Durham Top Soil & Garden Supplies http://www.durhamtopsoil.com/ right here in the Durham Region.
I choose shades of black in wood chips. I like the way it brings out the colour and beauty of my plants.
You can save some money by purchasing wood chips and picking them up yourself from a garden centre but I prefer to have them delivered due the large amounts my gardens require.
If the weather isn’t cooperating. You can protect your woodchips by covering them with a large tarp until you are ready to begin working on transferring them into your gardens.
I usually stick to the rule of putting a 3 inch layer of woodchips in my gardens. This ensures that water will be retained, weeding will be kept to a minimum and a decent layer for plant protection is there to keep the plants warm in case of frost. If you have a concern about perennials below that haven’t come up or sprouted yet, don’t. They should be fine. I haven’t had any issues with my perennials.
I love the way woodchips give off a character and curb appeal to any garden. It’s just another way to add a finish touch to your home or office. To me, wood chips are like a base canvass for a multitude of colour and beauty that can be enjoyed and admired all summer long!
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