Hi. James can you explain why you are itching in connection to the pepper tree. We just removed a big one which was over our hen's cage because we suspected it may be the source of birdmite. Also the roots were lifting the tiles around our neighbour's pool and it was seeming to destroy the soil in my veggie garden with the roots taking the moisture, and the leaves and berries seeming to reduce soil quality. We have quite a bit of mulch from the roots being mulched. It is mid-summer here in Australia - does this mean that it would be safe to use in woodchip garden, which I hope to experiment with. Love some advice about this - what is best type of woodchip to use etc.