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Q.Using Hardwood Planer Shavings As Mulch?

Zone Spanish Lookout, Cayo, Belize C.A. semi-tropical | morrisfkeller added on July 23, 2022 | Answered

we obtain from local saw mill, but it seems that when hardwood planer shavings are used as mulch, they become incorporated into the soil, and draw moisture away from the roots of some plants and may make the soil too acidic? we have stopped cultivating our soil and this year gone to no-till, chop crop residues and plant with a stab method, but have refrained from using the hardwood shavings as mulch…any better ideas welcome…

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Answered on July 25, 2022

Wood must be composted, thoroughly, before using as a mulch. Otherwise, it will draw nutrients away from the plants, and leech chemicals from the trees into the soils.




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