Tropical Gardening Helpline: Wood chips work to limit weed growth

Piling fresh wood chips for about six weeks before applying around the plants in your garden allows them to partially decompose and make better mulch. (Photo courtesy /
Fresh wood chips can be useful to reduce weed growth in garden pathways. (Courtesy /
The best use for fresh wood chips is to use them to block weeds in a pathway. (Courtesy /
Wood chips can be useful in gardens as long as they are applied when, where and how they can be most beneficial. (Courtesy /

Alex asks: We just took down a few trees that were blocking our view and had them chipped. We were going to use the chips as mulch in our garden. How thick should we apply it and does it require any special treatment?