Steps To Keep Ticks Away
Identify Where To Defend
Ticks love wooded areas. Does your yard border them? If so that is where you will put the wood chips.
If no one will see the area you may not have to worry about aesthetics. If you want it to look presentable you should have the wood chip barrier be uniform in height and width. I like to recommend 3' of width to give you the best chance for keeping the ticks away. The narrower the more likely they are to cross.
Wood Chip Application
Use a wheel barrow and pitch fork to apply the wood chips. You can sometimes get free chip from local tree companies but it will likely have debris. The nicest option is playground fiber mulch, but it is also more costly. Spread the wood chips between your yard and the wood areas, then rake them smooth. This is an easy and organic way to keep your family and pets safer. Some ticks will likely still find their way into your yard, but the barrier will help. Tick defense should be a multi faceted approach with preventative treatments to pets and lawns as well.