Maple Trees

Treating Natural Mulch

Anonymous added on May 8, 2014 | Answered

We have some natural mulch from a softwood maple tree we had cut down. Before we use this mulch, does it need to be treated with anything to keep it from attracting ants or any other insects? We don't want to use anything that be harmful to our pets.

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Answered on May 9, 2014

There isn't anything special needed to add but I would allow it to sit for a while before placing around plants. If it's too fresh, you run the risk of burning the plants, as the mulch will still be too hot. Generally, it should be allowed to age for about 1-3 months (or more), depending on how much you have.

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