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Old 06-12-2011, 03:52 PM
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Default How to get rid of wood chips?

I just had eight huge sugar maples cut down in my back yard. The stumps were ground down below the ground level. I have in my best guess about 6-8 yards of wood chips in various places around the yard. Aside from renting a bob cat or back hoe, is there any way to make them disintegrate quickly? Gas and a match is not an option. I was thinking lime? Any ideas out there? Thanks in advance. Joe
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Does it make good mulch? - And yes it will eventually rot away if you can spare the room. There is stuff you can add to help it compost faster.
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Put a "FREE DECORATIVE MULCH WOODCHIPS : YOU LOAD" sign on the pile?

If you did that around where I live they would be gone in a day.
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My thought exactly. A sign that says "Free Wood Chips"...or better yet...."Wood Chips 10 Dollars a Load".
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I just had eight huge sugar maples cut down in my back yard. The stumps were ground down below the ground level. I have in my best guess about 6-8 yards of wood chips in various places around the yard. Aside from renting a bob cat or back hoe, is there any way to make them disintegrate quickly? Gas and a match is not an option. I was thinking lime? Any ideas out there? Thanks in advance. Joe
dont worry to much.. if you leave them in piles there compost themselves or if you spread them around the termites will have there way with them..

for that matter keep them away from you house.
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Craigslist.

"Free wood chips. Good fill or mulch. Bring your own truck/trailer. First come, first served. At your own risk. Will take down ad when all gone."
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They really are stump grindings , and because they came from a stump it will take years for them to rot , clean every one out of the holes or you will not be able to grow grass where the stumps were .
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Ok, thank you for the replies. Putting a free wood chip sign does not work in my town. I am pretty sure I am the only person in town who cuts his own lawn and clears his own drive way from snow. "There may be ten others but, that is stretching it." When people put free stuff in front of their houses, I always bring it home because it is better than the things I have. I have three Weber grills on my deck. I did not pay for any of them. One is a Summit 650 goes for around 1,400.00 the owner did not like because it was too small for their needs. They used it for a season and tossed it to the curb. Being a honest working guy, I am looking for a way to help the wood chips break down faster. Chemical or natural. Any Ideas?
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Joe,

I'm not loading or trucking them but I have a spot for you dump them free about 15 mins from your home. I'll just add them to the compost pile. If you need compost.... I got tons of it. Free to you or any friends. I can load it at my end.

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...Being a honest working guy, I am looking for a way to help the wood chips break down faster. Chemical or natural. Any Ideas?
They will break down pretty fast just sitting there. Keep them (and the termites) away from your house. Just get some water on them from time to time to keep the rotting process active. My community has drought this year. If it was my yard I would water the chips and not water the rest of the yard. The termites (and other natural decay organisms) will migrate to the damp wood and away from your home. The yard places have some decay micro-organisms but, water and bugs will work just fine. My stumps grassed over in a year or two. Toxic chemicals will discourage the worms and termites and grubs a..... So, just keep it wetter than the rest of your yard.
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