[NAFEX] Pine Wood Chips: compost depth and longevity?

Steven Covacci filtertitle at aol.com
Fri Dec 16 21:41:23 EST 2011

How many inches deep must pine woodchips (not straw mulch) be when mulching under fruit trees?  I want the chips to last for 3 years, before having to be replaced.
At 3 inches depth, how long would it be before weeds really start recruiting/woodchips have already begun to decompose enough?
(Conditions: Northeast; mesic soil beneath; near full sun and some partial sun)
Steve; NJ 6b

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