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Wood Chips Vs Mulch

Wood Chips Vs Mulch

Gardeners will use both wood chips and mulch in order to provide a plethora of plant species with nutrients and safeguard against any harmful agents. Even though the definitions of both mulch and wood chips are similar, the two are used for several different reasons in the gardening/landscaping universe.


Mulch is a type of non-living, organic material that can be dispersed across the top of the soil. It is intended to cover anything that was planted beneath the surface. Mulch is used as an overall term, as countless materials fall under the category.

Among others, materials you can include newspaper (with organic dyes), composted wood chips, tree bark, leaves, and straw. Shredded leaves are the most universal form of mulch because they are free and can be found naturally in your yard. Wood mulch is also favorable, as it is also natural and light to carry to various areas.

Mulch Types

Organic mulch can consist of:

  • Hay/straw
  • Grass clippings
  • Bark
  • Pine needles
  • Leaves
  • Wood chips
  • Compost
  • And more!

In-organic mulch is comprised of:

  • Gravel
  • Pebbles
  • Crushed stone
  • Rubber
  • Man-made pine needles
  • Plastic sheets
  • Woven ground cloth
  • And more!

As a type of organic mulch, wood chips are a popular alternative for those with landscape needs.

Using Wood Chips As Mulch

Wood chip mulch consists of small pieces of ground up wood or bark. Using wood chip mulch has proven beneficial for the growth of trees, small fruit species, perennials and shrubs. This mulch will heighten survival rates for smaller trees, while also preventing damage to some plants during rainstorms.

The recommendation here is to apply two to four inches of wood chip mulch in a diameter of three to six feet around the base of the plant or tree in need of mulch. Adjust any measurements for larger or smaller trees.

Mulch Vs Wood Chips

Simply explained, wood chips are the by-product of wood chipping, which is breaking down wood and/or bark. Wood chip mulch can be hazardous to gardens or landscapes when used incorrectly. If you leave the wood chips outdoors in a large pile for an extended period of time, acids may be created due to the lack of circulating oxygen.

Mulch, meanwhile, embodies any material situated atop the surface of soiled plants. Mulch will decrease water evaporation, weed population and balance out soil moisture, among other beneficial uses.

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