Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Fresh wood chips should be allowed to age a month before application to landscape material, though little damage will occur if used immediately. If chipped material is from dead trees, shrubs, or evergreens, there is no need to allow the material to age.

Fresh chips can temporarily deplete the soil of some available nitrogen, resulting in slow growth or yellowish foliage. Scattering a handful of fertilizer on new chips would reduce the tie-up of soil nitrogen.


Termites seldom attack wood chips near a home's foundation due to the fact termites are light and heat sensitive. The insects tend to avoid areas that are neither damp nor dark.

To avoid any unnecessary termite problems, limit the depth of wood chips to four (4) inches around a building's foundation.

Check foundations several times a year for evidence of termite mud tunnels or activity.

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