A question for gardening experts...
You're not supposed to use wood chips as mulch on your plants unless it's been aged. The explanation given is that as the wood rots, it will (initially at least) leach nitrogen from your soil that your plants would otherwise be able to use.
You're also not supposed to use manure on your garden unless it's been aged, because it is too high in nitrogen and can burn your plants.
So what if (hypothetically) I have wood chips and chicken manure mixed together that haven't been aged. Say, like bedding in a chicken pen. What if I cleaned out our chicken pen and used the bedding directly as mulch? Could the two pieces of conventional wisdom above cancel each other out?
Two points, before you answer:
1. This is non-edible landscaping. Shrubs and such.
2. I already did it.
What can I say? I like to live dangerously.
And on a side note - the old riding mower I bought last week is already dead. The curse lives.