Sure can. I'd put it through the shredder again - the finer, the bedder - a play on words. After planting your garden, cover the soil with a quality compost, 1/2 inch will do. I then put down a layer of an inch or so of shedded leaves. Next a layer of newspaper 6 sheets thick and finally the fig wood chips. Your garden will be tucked in and ready to go. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy. PS sorry about the fig.