[permaculture] Wood Chips Over Flood Irrigation Channels

John D'hondt dhondt at eircom.net
Sun Jan 12 17:30:16 EST 2014

In my experience in a wet country, Ireland, woodchips rot down fast when 
moist. Within 3 months we would have a deep black sludge and not at all 
suitable for a path.
Water does move underneath the chips but wood chips soak up a lot of water.

> Hey all,
> Have you experimented with filling irrigation channels with wood chips
> so they can act as paths too? Does water still move much underneath the
> chips or is it all blocked? I'm considering using this on a backyard
> scale. Soil is sand/clay. Thoughts welcome.
> Thanks,
> Chris Carnevale
> Charleston, SC
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