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I’ve signed up with Chip Drop and not gotten anything, and then later decided I wasn’t sure I wanted to get them that way because I was worried about getting invasive English Ivy in it. But I still wanted wood chips, deep my heart, to mulch the area I am trying to make into a food forest. Unfortunately for my neighbor, she had several trees fall in a recent storm (after the neighbor next to her clear-cut their six acres). Fortunately for me, the tree crew that is cleaning up for her was looking for someone to take a gigantic load of wood chips. I’m kinda giddy, but I know it’s going to be a lot of work to move and spread it all. Just wanted to share my big win.
 
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Congratulations! You should be in mulch for a long while. And don't worry... the more they break down the better they'll serve you. So taking a while to get them spread shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Gluts of anything are sometimes overwhelming though. If you can turn it into a work party and reward your helpers somehow that might help keep your motivation up by giving you a big push forward.
 
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L. Johnson wrote:Congratulations! You should be in mulch for a long while. And don't worry... the more they break down the better they'll serve you. So taking a while to get them spread shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Gluts of anything are sometimes overwhelming though. If you can turn it into a work party and reward your helpers somehow that might help keep your motivation up by giving you a big push forward.



I wish, but I don’t know anyone, much less anyone interested in Permaculture. My young adult/teen kids have no interest, even if I pay them. But I’m grateful for the chips and I do have a tractor with a bucket if that’s what it comes to.
 
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I can commiserate. I often think about having work parties... but I feel bad about inviting people over to do menial labor. I'm hoping to slowly build a permie community in my community and eventually have permie action swarms! Johnny A needs a swale dug, everybody meet up for swales and sushi! Or something like that. Maybe a pipe dream? Maybe just an aspiration that needs nurturing.

Yet the few times I have asked for help because I really couldn't do something on my own, my neighbors came over right away and got me set-up better than I could have ever hoped for.

I may be lucky with neighbors.
 
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permaculture Buddy system is the dream!
 
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I have chips. I’m guessing I have about 200 cubic feet, hopefully there will be more tomorrow. My orchard area is about 6000 square feet. I know the cops won’t be able to cover all of it. What do y’all think? Should I use it closest to the trees, make paths, or just mulch well at one end of the orchard and hope to get more chips later to do another section?
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Bethany Brown wrote:I have chips. I’m guessing I have about 200 cubic feet, hopefully there will be more tomorrow. My orchard area is about 6000 square feet. I know the cops won’t be able to cover all of it. What do y’all think? Should I use it closest to the trees, make paths, or just mulch well at one end of the orchard and hope to get more chips later to do another section?



Do it the most energy efficient way possible to get the best effect. That might mean spending another 2 hours considering the location you move the chips to before you start moving them. It's a LOT of hard work.

I don't know what kind of mulch depth you need, so it's hard to answer but deep mulches are often as thick as 8 inches. Geoff Lawton said he liked to just keep piling it up until the volunteers around him said "Isn't that a bit excessive?" And then he'd laugh and say, "Yeah, maybe?" and move on. He says he likes to take things to the edge of extreme and see how it works out.
 
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