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How to Keep Landscape Wood Chips From Blowing Away

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Mulch netting keeps wood chips from blowing away.

While wood chip mulch can add aesthetic appeal to a landscape while it prevents weeds from growing among your flowers, some gardeners become frustrated as they watch their wood chips blow away in the wind. Keep landscape wood chips from blowing away by utilizing erosion control materials. Place mulch netting over a layer of wood chips in a landscape area to hold the wood chip layer securely on the ground and prevent it from disappearing in windy conditions.

Apply between 2 and 4 inches of the wood chip mulch over your landscape area. Spread the mulch out into an even layer with the rake.

Stretch the mulch netting out over the wood chips. Make sure the netting covers the wood chips completely from each edge and corner, overlapping the edges of the netting by approximately 4 inches to ensure complete coverage.

Position a staple or a stake every 2 to 3 feet along every edge of the netting (including the overlapped edges). Pound the staples or stakes so they are even with the soil surface and so they anchor the netting securely.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Rake
  • Mulch netting
  • Staples or stakes (6 inches long)
  • Hammer

Tip

  • If you use biodegradable mulch netting, expect that both the wood chip mulch and the netting will decompose over time. Replace both materials when they decompose.

About the Author

 

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.