How to Remove Wood Chips

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Things You'll Need

  • Bow rake or garden hoe

  • Shovel

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Biodegradable garden bags

Wood chips are installed for safety in most playground areas.

Ground-up wood chips are used for a variety of purposes around the home, such as mulch for garden plants and to provide cushioning under children's play areas. Although typically is it not necessary to remove the wood chips, you may decide that you no longer want them or need to access the ground underneath them. Wood chips removal can be accomplished using basic garden tools.


Step 1

Rake the wood chips up into a large pile at one side of the installation area using a bow rake, or a garden hoe.

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Step 2

Insert a shovel into the pile of wood chips and scoop some up. Place the wood chips into a biodegradable garden bag if you want to dispose of them at a landfill. Otherwise, place them into a wheelbarrow to transport them to a compost pile or another area of the yard.


Step 3

Continue shoveling up the wood chips until they are completely removed from the area. Re-rake the area as needed during removal to gather any wood chips that fall out of the main pile.

Step 4

Grasp the edge of the black weed barrier fabric that is installed under the wood chips. If necessary, pull up the plastic or metal stakes around the edges of the fabric that hold it in place.

Step 5

Roll the weed barrier fabric up and place it in a trash can for disposal.


If the wood chips are infested with mold or some other plant disease, place the chips in paper biodegradable bags and dispose of them in the landfill instead of moving them to another part of the yard.

If you are going to install new wood chips, leave the weed barrier in place instead of removing it.


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