Can Lichens Be Safely Used for Composting?

aandd added on November 8, 2015 | Answered

I have a potting shed and a glass house which are covered with lichens. Whilst they are reasonably easy to remove en masse, it is a spongy texture and seems to have some "soil" component also. Rather than chuck it out, can it be safely used in composting?

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Answered on November 10, 2015

You should have no issues composting the Lichen material that is growing on the structure.
As long as the Lichen is not attached to a diseased plant material you can safely add it to the compost.

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