use fresh downed pine trees as mulch ?

minet(z8 Oregon)February 4, 2009

Hi, I live east of Portland, and a couple of weeks ago we had a big windstorm through here and a lot of trees in the area were blown down or broken.

We had to remove a bishop pine from our front yard because large branches had broken and the tree was leaning into our neighbor's driveway. My husband and friends took down the tree with a chainsaw and the big pieces of trunk one guy took to burn in an outside pit.

The branches are laying in our driveway and we were planning to rent a chipper and then use the wood chips as mulch.

BUT - is it ok to use fresh chips as mulch, or do the chips need to dry out for a few months first? And since they are pine, I guess we need to be careful about where we put the chips because of the acidity, right?

Thanks for advice ... I hated taking down that tree. I hope we can at least get something out of it, rather than taking the branches to the dump.

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gardengal48

You can use the pine chips without worry :-) I've linked to a couple of recent discussions on wood chip mulches on other forums.

"Fresh wood chip mulch"

"Mulches"

Here is a link that might be useful: Myths about wood chip mulches (.pdf file)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 11:31AM
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minet(z8 Oregon)

Thanks for the links - very helpful. Later I'll watch the chipping video from one of those threads, so I'll know what to expet. :-)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2009 at 2:58PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

Chunks of trunk make nice stands for birdbaths or pots in the garden if they are level or can be leveled.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2009 at 5:13PM
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