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    Pine chips

    I have a new pile of pine tree chips in my yard from a rotted pine that fell and went through a commercial chipper. I have read two sides of the story abou pine chips; never use them for garden mulch and, itís ok as long as they sit for a couple of months. Any suggestions?

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    The big thing I've always heard with any rotting wood in the soil is that it's usually a net nitrogen loss. Supposedly it actually robs nitrogen while it's decaying.

    We had some excess firewood one year- all the sheds were full. We placed it alongside the goat pen/building that divides the garden areas. A few years later when rotating that wood, the bottom layer had decayed but the area was teeming with earth worms. So that might be a side benefit.

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    i'd be proud to use it as mulch... letting it sit and heat up would make it even better... the power company contractor just came through our area trimming trees... i obtained many truck loads of chipped up everything, pine/oak/younameit, and have already strarted spreading it around fruit trees... keep it a few inches (5-6 ) from base of tree.

    the workers don't have to haul it to a neighboring county. i saved them time, and disposal costs... and workers got a small tip. this is 3rd year.
    the first year i covered a large garden in prep for next year's garden. other obligations limited our gardening venture... the grass that grows on that area is always vibrant dark green...

    there is a video that i think i posted here. i'll look for it.

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    https://www.backtoedenfilm.com/

    there are several youtubes that you can watch.

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