chips from stump of diseased dutch elm

Asked September 19, 2019, 11:20 AM EDT

Can I use the chips from the stump of a diseased dutch elm to use as mulch? Thank you,

Montgomery County Maryland mulch trees dutch elm wood chips

1 Response

The wood is usable. We used to suggest that fresh wood chips needed to be aged for more than 6 months before use, but it can be used in non-plant areas immediately.
If it is fresh and you are using around plants, it should not be incorporated into the soil and should not be any more than 2-3 inches deep and not in contact with the plant stems or trunks.

The disease issue is not of concern. That disease is vectored/spread by bark beetles which do not live in wood chips.