Review of – free arborist woodchips!

I love writing about services that we use and love, so when I heard about ChipDrop I started doing what I normally do: I drafted a blog post with how we got started with our new venture.

If you’ve read any of my previous articles about how we grow our own food, you’ll know I’m pretty serious about my garden. I’m willing to invest in it, put hours and hours into it, and I love watching the magic happen when it comes to getting food out of a few packets of seeds. Getting wood chips to use in our garden delivered to us seemed too good to be true – and as it turns out, it was.

We registered for ChipDrop in June of 2019 and put in a request for wood chips, with logs mixed in. There had supposedly been 80 drops in our area recently, which was encouraging!

After 6 months of inactivity, I realized that I’d never set up a payment to help offset the cost of the deliveries, so I added that onto one renewal request at the end of the year in December of 2019.

As of this time, we’re still renewing our Chip Drop request, without much hope of receiving it. At this point, it’s more of an exercise in whether or not it will ever happen, but it’s definitely not something we’re counting on. Just today, there have supposedly been 46 Chip Drops within a 50-mile radius of us… I’m not sure how, since we’ve had a request open for almost a year now.

I don’t typically like to write negative reviews, because I don’t feel like it’s productive. But so many people referenced them when I was reading about using a Back To Eden gardening method, I wanted to give folks who may be interested in a realistic picture of what our experience has been. Almost a year later, we still haven’t received a Chip Drop, and haven’t personally met anyone who’s used this service in our area. 

I hope you have a much better experience than we did, but we most definitely did not have a great experience with them, so I can’t really recommend them to anyone else. 


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