The following are some advantages and disadvantages for using wood chips or shavings as mulch. Based on your own knowldege and experience, feel free to add to this list.

  1. visually pleasing (pro)
  2. provide all the characteristics of good mulch (pro)
  3. fungal contamination can also occur with unseasoned wood mulch (con)
  4. not properly aged or not turned regularly can contain toxins that are harmful to young plants (con)
  5. not properly aged or turned regularly can contain acids that are harmful to young plants (con)
  6. advisable to use older, decomposed material (to do)