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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Brenda Gogue
on January 16, 2021 at 12:14 PM
Hi Tina,  
Just saw your posting. Great to see you are adding a bioswale. I also got a load of chips last year to top off more of my back yard and swale. Hope you doing well. Will catch up one day at some event at SCC or through Sustainable Solano. Take care.
by Helen jones
on January 23, 2021 at 8:12 AM
Woodchips are great but there are a few problems. If the pile sits for too long it can begin to compost  
The moldy dust can irritate lungs & cause respiratory problems. I have actually experienced this. So its good to quickly spread it out in the garden. The other problem I heard about was that in very dry fire prone areas the mulched pathways can be so dry & flammable that they can provide a pathway for fire to go from the wildfire to your home. This happened in the Paradise fire. Don't want to deter my fellow gardeners from using wood chips since its so beneficial to the soil but be careful.
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