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    I’m not talking about the recycled crates treated with artificial color and formaldehyde that you pick up from Home Depot?

    I was wondering if others are tapping into this resource. Tree trimmers in my area actually have to pay $150 to dump their trimmings into landfill. Willing homeowners can coordinate to receive these trimmings. My home isn’t big enough to do this. So regularly I scoop up a box or two at the library where the city dumps its trimmings for public use. Been doing this for two years and am very happy with the slow transformative effect it has had on my garden.

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    Be careful about getting this too close to house foundation as might invite termites.

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    Wood chips are NOT bark dust. Wood chips are highly flammable, especially after sitting out in your yard for a couple years. Know of someone whose wood chips caught fire in a small fireworks accident one year. Was lucky to avoid a house fire.

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    FunkDoc83 FunkDoc83 
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    Wood chips are NOT bark dust. Wood chips are highly flammable, especially after sitting out in your yard for a couple years. Know of someone whose wood chips caught fire in a small fireworks accident one year. Was lucky to avoid a house fire.

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    With how alluring fireworks are, it’s a wonder how any of us are still alive!

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    I was wondering if others are tapping into this resource. Tree trimmers in my area actually have to pay $150 to dump their trimmings into landfill. Willing homeowners can coordinate to receive these trimmings. My home isn’t big enough to do this. So regularly I scoop up a box or two at the library where the city dumps its trimmings for public use. Been doing this for two years and am very happy with the slow transformative effect it has had on my garden.

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    Years ago the arborists /landscapers could dump the trees /limbs in a recycle area of the county and the county used giant shredders to turn them to wood chips and give it out for free. I got a few pickup loads ( hey, it was free) and for the next 2 years I had every possible insect crawling and vague fungus growing in the front yard.

    No more. Now I buy the Walmart $2 bags and dump them in the beds. No more crawlies.

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    White.Beard.Doc White.Beard.Doc 
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    We have used wood chips to reduce weeds and to turn into compost slowly over time.  It has been great for our garden and for improving soil quality over time.  However, we have not used wood chips close to the house foundation.

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    Avatar burritos 
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    Be careful about getting this too close to house foundation as might invite termites.

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    https://www.todayshomeowner.com/does-wood-mulch-attract-termites-and-other-insects/

    Overstated risk?

    Termites and Mulch

    Most pest control companies advise against piling mulch against the side of your house, since it can increase the chance of termites entering your home. This is good advice, since termites are subterranean and have to keep themselves moist, and mulch provides good cover for their underground tunneling activities.

    However, ANY mulch can provide this cover, whether it’s organic wood or bark, inorganic gravel, or even ground rubber. Termites are not drawn to the wood itself but to the cool, moist protection it provides. They can be found in similar numbers beneath bark, wood, gravel, and rubber mulch, though fresh wood chips may have the added attraction of providing a food source.

    As with other insects, the mulch doesn’t cause termites to multiply, it just offers a conductive environment for the ones that are already in the area. You don’t need to avoid mulch in your yard, just apply it carefully and to keep an eye out for invading insects in your home.

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