Wood chips are used as both a decorative touch and a mulching compound in many outdoor gardens. These wood chips, which are often made from pine bark and cedar, can be placed around shrubs, flowers and trees in order to reduce weeds and protect fragile root systems.
Use landscape fabric underneath your wood chips for additional protection against weeds. Simply roll out the fabric on top of the prepared soil, puncture the plastic to accommodate planting and cover the plastic with wood chips.
Keep the appearance of your wood chips fresh by churning them up every spring and adding an additional layer of fresh chips. Both sunlight and harsh winters can cause the wood chips to fade and discolor over time. But svoid completely replacing the wood chips every year, as doing so can be wasteful.