leylandii chippings as mulch

madeline2November 1, 2004

I have heavy clay acid soil and a large quantity of leylandii chippings. Can I use the chippings as a mulch/soil improver?. The land is not cultivated at present -just weeds (buttercups)

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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Leyland cypress chips are better at being a mulch than a soil conditioner, unless you have really small chips. They will take at least a year (more likely 2 or 3 years) to decompose. Keep in mind that 4 inches of chips will eventually decompose down to less than 1/2" of improved soil... if none of it is washed away. The weed we usually call buttercup often signifies very poor soil, so anything that will improve the soil is better than nothing. If you were considering turning the area into a garden, you would probably be better off doing "lasagna" to improve the soil and using the chips solely as a top-mulch.

    Bookmark   November 2, 2004 at 3:15PM
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