Leigh Tate wrote:Our Leyland cypress wood chips took about a year to completely decay. We got them from the arborist who was cutting back around power lines for the utility company. It was a mix of leylandii leaves and branches ranging from fine pieces to large shreds. Before I spread them on the ground, I first threw down a cover crop of wheat, oats, winter peas, Daikon radishes, and crimson clover. Then I covered the seed with aged manure from our old goat barn. The chips covered that. Our cover crop began to sprout a week later. The chips were mostly decomposed when I planted the next fall cover crop. I just went out to check and can find no trace of the leylandii chip mulch 16 months later.
Robert Werth wrote:What was the approximate ratio of chips to manure?
(It's a little late for me to put down a fall cover crop (daytime temps typically 45-50, nighttime often 30-35) so I might just have to rely on whatever is on the ground now. Fortunately we have ladino clover on much of the target area already.)