Last updated on March 19th, 2012
Each winter, municipalities gather trees, twigs, and branches which have come down during snow and ice storms. They shred this material with powerful machinery, and leave it in giant heaps. Just where these heaps are located in your neighborhood, I do not know. But you can find out very easily by calling your local village office or town hall.
From my own town’s stockpiles, I procure each spring at least three truckloads of woodchips. I use the chips for renewing pathways in my Kitchen Garden (above) and Woodland Garden (below). I permit leftover woodchips to decompose until the following spring. Then I use them for mulch. (Freshly-shredded wood can not be used for mulching a garden bed; it robs the soil of nitrogen.)
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