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Using wood chips to make lawn

 
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I've been using wood chips in the garden for quite some time with great success. Recently, after reading more about the science behind "Back to Eden", I thought about using the wood chips to make my lawn. I live at the base of a mountain where our soil is very sandy, silty, and rocky. The bigger issue I think is it is HARD. I have patches of grass throughout the yard but it is mostly made up of dirt and weeds. Wood chips are abundant and I have a wood chipper with forest acreage to make more. My question is this: can I spread a layer of wood chips on the whole yard to promote grass growth and stunt the weeds? How deep should it be? Should I add grass seed?

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Adding wood chips will absokutely help. Although it may take time depending on how fresh the chips are.

If you have access to aged chips then you can scatter seed then add two to three inches, and then top it off with another inch once the seeds germinate.

If you only have fresh chips, I would suggest adding 4 inches right away, but only two inches over existing grassy patches. Once chips have aged 6 months, scatter seed and add one more inch.
 
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