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Wood Chip Landscaping 101 [With Pros and Cons]

If you are landscaping your garden, you may be considering using wood chips as a base layer. Before you do this, let’s find out the pros and cons of this garden landscaping material, and discover the best ways to use it!

Will you be using wood chip in your landscaping? Are you going to chip wood yourself? Let us know in the comments!


  • Kate Chalmers

    Kate moved to Portugal last year and lives with her husband, two cats, six hens, and a glorious Brahma rooster called Mary. Earlier this year they purchased a half-hectare ‘quinta’ – traditional terraced land with olive trees, grapevines, and a house to renovate. They are currently living in a small campervan which is a challenging but fun experience! Kate has over 15 years of experience in the UK veterinary industry and is also a passionate gardener – turning a grassy field into a productive vegetable patch in just three months. Future plans include more animals, particularly sheep and goats for milk production to make cheese, butter, and yogurt! Kate and her husband are aiming to create a self-sufficient off-grid life on their quinta, fulfilling a life-long dream.

LeAnn Pinniger Magee

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Hi Kate! I've ordered a ChipDrop for the first time. This is a service provided for free through a website org which coordinates local arborists with homeowners wanting free chips. They deliver unannounced, up to 20 yards, and you "get what you get"! Nerve wracking, yes. Yet I'm excited to cover some muddy weedy patches in a shady part of the property. Concerned that my little critters (worms, slugs, squirrels, songbirds) could suffer, living or eating, underneath that thick layer of organic stuff. Good luck with your quinta! Sounds divine.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Wow, that sounds like a great service! I suppose 20 yards might be a little much for most people, but most of us wouldn't say no to a load of chip :D You'll find that most small critters love wood chip! If you use it in your garden, just keep an eye on the nitrogen levels. Wood chip breaking down can cause a nitrogen deficiency :) Let us know how much you got!

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