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Rycke Brown

They should have tested uncomposted wood chips as well. On watered soil, they should not be a problem. They hold moisture in the soil well and have little surface to mass ratio, and lie flat.

I prefer 1/4-1/8 inch sand on paths, one inch thick, as it can be easily maintained with a hula hoe and a rake.

In beds, for the most part, I prefer leaves, as they stop windblown weeds better than any other mulch. If they are watered, they can be quite thick and not burn except on the surface.

Water is your best defense against both fire and weeds, which are far easier to pull when the soil is damp.

Gardening naturally,

Rycke Brown, Natural Gardener

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