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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> i know that sounds ridiculous, but it didn't do any damage and now i can stop complaining about how there is no gardening space in the back yard!<br><br>
dh and i were sitting on the front porch this morning having coffee and admiring the front gardens when we heard this HUGE crack and crash. we both instantly knew it was that massive pecan branch finally collapsing under its own weight. the branch is about 16" in diameter and spreads out about 30 feet. thankfully, it only had about 4 feet to fall to hit the flat part of the roof on the back of the house. i am so thankful for our sturdy metal roof!<br><br>
anyway, that branch has been the ONE thing keeping me from being able to have a proper back yard garden. it's shadow blocked the perfect location from getting any direct sun but now i have a GORGEOUS spot that i can start getting ready to build up a fall bed.<br><br>
and don't worry, the rest of the tree is just fine and there are two other huge, beautiful pecans giving us much needed shade back there.<br><br>
dh was so annoyed with me because when we went back to assess the damage, all i could see was my future garden and i was jumping up and down while he just needed me to "HOLD THE D*MN LADDER!"<br><br>
I'M SO EXCITED!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That totally sounds like something I'd say/do. Yippee for you! Now you need to get planting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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and i get tons of woodchips for the compost pile!!<br><br>
this is the best day ever.
 

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Oh, I didn't even think of that! Awesome!<br><br>
You know... you could also use the wood chips as mulch for what you plant this year... (says the woman who's looking for free wood chips to mulch the front beds that the neighbors see so she doesn't have to weed them).
 

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I would also save the chips to mulch around your veggies and flowers. They'll eventually turn into compost anyway -- might as well keep the weeds down at the same time.
 

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all of my flower beds are currently mulched with cedar chips (thank you kindly, austin wood recycling!) which smells HEAVENLY and has really cut down on the bugs. i haven't mulched the vegetable bed, mostly because the tomatoes have almost completely taken over and there's not a whole lot of bare ground left. but with all these "homegrown" wood chips, i just might do it.<br><br>
anyone know the best way to store woodchips? i'd love to hang on to as much as i can but i know i can't use it all immediately.
 

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Old onion or burlap bags? Pantyhose would be too time consuming... I don't thing trash bags would give them enough air to breathe (otherwise they may commence rotting if I'm following the cycle of life correctly). I know the place where I got a bunch of seeds this year <a href="http://www.gardencityseeds.net/product_info.php?cPath=27_91&products_id=191" target="_blank">has some</a>, but I bet your local grocery store would probably have a stash in the back...
 

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Sorry, server was being mean to me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ack! You're going to chip pecan wood!!!<br>
I had better not tell my woodcarver DH, he would think it's a crime. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Sell it on Craigslist!<br><br>
We just put extra chips into some big garbage cans we have. Stored in the garage until we needed them. But I bet not everyone has spare cans.
 
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