How to use fresh chipped stump as mulch

Asked May 14, 2018, 12:02 PM EDT

I had a large, dying cottonwood removed this winter, and the stump chipped this spring. I'd like to move the chips into gardens around the house where shrubs are planted, but I've been told that will cause nitrogen depletion in the soil. I'm hoping you can advise me how long this effect will last, and how I can compensate for the loss. I'm a pretty hands-off gardener, so I'm looking for a "quick and dirty" fix, if possible. Thank you for your help! I really appreciate any advice you can offer.

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

Nitrogen depletion is negligible from mulches, the problem comes into play if wood chips are mixed into the soil. A light application of nitrogen is ok if a soil test confirms it is needed.