PAYNE COUNTY TREE SERVICE, Inc
Serving Stillwater OK and surrounding areas since 1990
 

FREE Wood Chips! You may pick up all the unprocessed wood chips you can load yourself at our brush recycling center near 32nd & Jardot. Or we can load your truck for a $15 loading fee. If you need a lot, we can deliver approximately 10 cubic yards to any location in or near Stillwater for a $50 delivery fee. Just give us a call! 405-372-3571.

 

The Value of Mulch:  A tree's best friend, mulch insulates soil, retains moisture, keeps out weeds, prevents soil compaction, reduces lawnmower damage, and can add an aesthetic touch to a yard or street.
 
If you are a landscape firm, city entity, residential or commercial property, our wood chips will work for you. Our wood chips are free and we can deliver them for a small fee.

 

The approximate make-up of the wood chip material is 60% wood chips, 20% chipped leaves and 20% chipped twigs.

 

 

wood chip pile

 

Adding chips to the landscape can be a good thing. There are some facts to keep in mind. A mulch is a material placed over the surface of the soil for a number of beneficial reasons. As a mulch, the wood chips will stabilize soil temperatures (warmer in winter, cooler in summer), reduce evaporation and conserve soil moisture, reduce germination of some weed seeds, and make removal of weeds easier. Wood chip mulch can be attractive when used properly in the landscape. The chips may blow away if they are too light and wash away in the rain if on a slope. Mulch is one element of a xeriscape and a component of any good garden.
 
If you work the wood chips into the soil, they will be used as a soil amendment instead of a mulch. There are different considerations when using the wood chips in this manner. They can be beneficial by creating increased pore space. In a compacted soil, they allow necessary air and water to more easily penetrate a compacted soil. The wood chips will decompose releasing nutrients into the soil. The decomposition will occur more rapidly if the chips are worked into the soil, but it occurs even if the chips remain on the surface as a mulch.
 
The decomposition process adds some additional considerations into the gardening equation. In order to decompose, the wood chips will be food for beneficial composting fungi and bacteria. The fungi and bacteria need the food materials provided by the wood chips and nitrogen to accomplish the composting process. Wood chips are low in nitrogen, so the fungi and bacteria will take the nitrogen from the soil. Large chunks of wood will decompose slowly. Smaller wood particles with a larger surface area-to-volume ratio will decompose more rapidly. This will cause nitrogen deficiency problems in the soil. If you are using fine shavings or sawdust as mulch or as a soil amendment, you should add additional nitrogen in the form of chemical fertilizer or manure to the soil to provide the needed nitrogen.
 
Using wood chips in the landscape is an excellent idea, but it must be done properly. Keep in mind the considerations stated above so that you will do it properly.

 

 

Calculate Mulch, Soil Needs For Plant Beds

http://msucares.com/news/print/sgnews/sg97/sg970327.htm

 

More info on wood chip mulch:

http://cmg.colostate.edu/factsheets/irrigation/I21-Mulch.pdf

 

Organic Mulches for Trees and Landscapes:

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/RG209.pdf