What are the pros and cons of bark chips or wood chips for mulch?
We just had someone weed around our rhodies, wax myrtles, huckleberries and wysteria. We live right on the coast, in sand. I have access to free wood chips for mulch, or is there some compelling reason to pay for bark chips? What are the pros and cons? Thanks you
Lincoln County Oregon
I had this question myself a few weeks ago - are woodchips OK to use as a mulch in the home landscape? I found a great article from WSU Master Gardeners that debunks all of the common misconceptions about using wood chips for mulch: http://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/403/2015/03/wood-chips.pdf. Wood chips are one of the best performers in terms of moisture retention, temperature moderation, weed control, and sustainability. Bottom line: It gets a thumbs up from us!