Spreading wood chips in garden concern

We had two large dead trees cut down and a lot of trees trimmed last week and then ground down into wood chips. Our intention was to gradually spread the chips around our large garden areas. The tree cutters left the huge pile of wood chips in an area at the base of three trees. Yesterday our neighbors, who are really into gardening, informed us that we had to move the chip pile away from the base of the three trees quickly, that they would die from suffocation otherwise. Is this true? If so, how long do we have to move them? Also must we be careful not to spread the chips too close to our garden plants? Thanks for any advice/suggestions.
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I've heard that it's not safe to change the grade around trees of any size. You must leave space for their roots to breathe. I suggest you move the mulch 6' or more from these trees as soon as possible. Fresh chips can rob plants of nitrate as they decompose. You may want to compost them before using them for mulch or add blood meal to the soil around the established plants first.
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You do not want to use fresh chips from trees with a symplast. They need to compost first due to protoplasm and the attraction of undesirables. Proper use can be found here. http://mercury.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html
Sincerely,
John A. Keslick, Jr. Beware of so-called TREE EXPERTS who do not understand TREE BIOLOGY! www.treedictionary.com
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Cedar chips are the only ones I know of that will not attract termintes into your yard. I use grass for mulching. I would let the chips age and then spray them with something that will keep termites away (unless you are in area that doesnt have to worry aobut them).
Dwayne

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tenplay wrote:

Thanks for all the advice. So it sounds like I should move the pile of wood chips off the base of the trees. I already spread a layer of chips in some of my flower beds making sure to leave a little breathing space around each plant. Is it ok to leave it there or will the chips harm the plants (i.e. must I remove the chip layer)?
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I don't think a few would hurt anything, as long as you are aware that the fresh chips are removing some of the elements (nitrogen, I think) from your soil and you are making arrangements to replace it for your plants to use.
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tenplay wrote:

I'm curious about this too, we just had some brush clearing going on in our area and we told them they could dump a couple of loads of the chips in our yard as I wanted some to cover some trails I have hacked through our treed acreage. Anyway, my wife thought it would be a good idea to mulch some of the trees we have with them, and yesterday we noticed that a newly planted mountain ash was showing rusty discolorations on the tips of its leaves. Now we are wondering if it could be the chips from the trees, which were mostly black poplar, trembling aspen and some willow.
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