We are in our third year of gardening. Most of our efforts have been concentrated on a shade/partial shade woodland type garden in our backyard. The oaks put down huge amounts of leaves. We decided to invest in a leaf shredder and have been raking out beds, shredding leaves, and putting back as mulch. However, we're awfully short on mulch for all of the areas we'd like to have.
A tree removal company owner has offered to bring me truckloads of chipped up wood from his jobs. We have 5 acres so it wouldn't be a problem to dump the woodchips. Would it make a good mulch for our woodland garden? Also, once the leaves fall this autumn/winter, I'm assuming that we'll just have to rake up all the leaves and mulch and start over?
Silly questions, I know...it's just that I'm not sure how to care for our plants in the best possible way.