Hi, everyone! This is my first time posting a question in one of these forums, so please do let me know if I have erred in posting it here. I have about ten bags of wood pellets (mixed hard and soft wood) that got damp and, as such, can't be used in our pellet stove. Since the pellets basically just break down into sawdust, I was thinking that they could be used in our garden paths. I have researched this somewhat already and have read different things. Some people advocate it b/c it will keep "weeds" down in the paths, and others discourage it b/c they suggest it rob nutrients from the surrounding soil (not just the pathways) due to the way that the breakdown process for wood utilizes nitrogen, tying it up. What do you all think, and does anyone have experience using this material in their garden paths? If the sawdust does tie up available nitrogen during decomp, will it eventually be re-released into the soil, or will it be spent at that point? Will the nitrogen-sapping tendencies really impact nearby garden beds to an extent that it will inhibit plant growth? Pardon my ignorance on these matters, as I am not a chemist or a soil scientist. Thank you all so much for any advice or insight you can provide. P.S. I'm in Maine (if that matters).