Spruce wood chips

Asked February 7, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

I have an opportunity to get spruce wood chips. I want to sheet mulch my front yard and then plant. Are spruce wood chips a good option for a project like this?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Wood chips are a wonderful mulch for some purposes, so thank you for asking about your situation. The answer about using spruce wood chips is "it depends". What will you be planting? What is the sun exposure, slope, soil and water situation?
Here are articles from the Oregon State University Extension Service about gardening with mulch and the sheet-mulch, or "lasagna-style" mulching. Read through these, they will help you understand what sort of issues we should look at....or perhaps the information will resolve your questions.
'Publication answers mulching questions': http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/1044 and
'Layer compost 'lasagna-style' for no-till gardening': http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/layer-compost-lasagna-style-no-till-gardening