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Wood chips under loam

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Hettric
Join Date: Mar 2004
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2005-07-19          113644


For the lawn/landscaping, I have been told it's a good idea to spread a layer of wood chips under the loam. Anybody heard of this? Pros/cons?
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2005-07-19          113647


Wood chips can rob your soil of nitrogen while they rot. I know first hand that it's not good for a garden. I'm guessing it's not good for a lawn either. But there are landscaping experts here who will know more than I.
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2005-07-19          113648


All wood contains pest-repelling toxins in varying degrees, a self-protection mechanism that persists right down to the sawdust. Pick the wrong kind of wood chips to put under your loam, and you risk killing beneficial insects and worms that would otherwise fertilize and aerate your soil.

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Join Date: Apr 2004
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2005-07-19          113656


Not a good idea unless you are trying to break up heavy clay. Woodchips make soil more acidic, so you'll have to add lots of lime to correct the pH. Heavy lime will react with nitrogen fertilizers and release ammonia gas causing your fertilizer to burn out before the grass can use it. ....

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