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Shredded Paper for Mulch

By bob
October 8, 2011

Go paperless in your office, then use your shreddings as mulch in your garden.

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plantladylin
Oct 7, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Bob, that sure is a great idea. I'm not among the working but have a shredder in the study here at home and I don't know why I never thought to use the shredded paper as mulch. I will be emptying the big container tomorrow for sure! Thanks for sharing this great recycling tip!
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Oct 7, 2011 6:26 PM CST
Very good idea! Thumbs up
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Oct 7, 2011 6:34 PM CST
I agree Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Oct 7, 2011 6:41 PM CST
I agree Hurray! Hurray!
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Onewish1
Oct 7, 2011 6:44 PM CST
don't the shreds blow around?
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valleylynn
Oct 7, 2011 7:00 PM CST
Wow, I never thought about doing that. Thanks Bob.
As wet as it is here right now, it won't be blowing anywhere. Whistling
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Trish
Oct 7, 2011 7:08 PM CST

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Onewish1 said:don't the shreds blow around?


This is my concern as well...

I'm all ears!
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dave
Oct 7, 2011 7:15 PM CST

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Cover with leaves.

Nice tip, Dad. Smiling
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valleylynn
Oct 7, 2011 7:24 PM CST
Or mulch/compost. Smiling
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RickCorey
Oct 7, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Hmm! They don't pack down too tight for aeration?
They semi-gloss coating isn't a bad thing?

I guess the answers must be "no".

I was working my way around to tearing up non-glossy newspapers and phone books but this sounds good.



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Boopaints
Oct 7, 2011 7:33 PM CST
Bob's Dave's Dad? Thumbs up

Well, I love this tip and even without leaves, you could water them a bit and then they won't blow away. Or put coffee grounds on top too. Big Grin

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valleylynn
Oct 7, 2011 7:43 PM CST
Boopaints said:Bob's Dave's Dad? Thumbs up


Is that true? Smiling
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Oct 7, 2011 8:16 PM CST
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dave
Oct 7, 2011 8:20 PM CST

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Big Grin
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Sharon
Oct 7, 2011 8:24 PM CST
It's a great tip, you just have to keep the paper wet by whatever means.
But I don't use glossy or colored ink.
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valleylynn
Oct 8, 2011 12:24 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! It is, it is. Hurray! Hi Dave's dad, Bob. Thumbs up
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Dutchlady1
Oct 8, 2011 4:51 AM CST
I personally haven't had a good experience with using shredded paper. However, I do use (whole) newspapers under my mulch and it does help to keep the weeds down somewhat.
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Trish
Oct 8, 2011 5:41 AM CST

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I also use whole paper. Being homeschoolers, we accumulate a TON of paper. I just keep all of the stuff we don't need to keep in a box and when it is time to start a new bed or mulch, I grab that along with whatever newspaper and cardboard and away we go.

Corey- we learned that the glossy papers are actually just fine to use. The ink is the same. The issue is that the glossy makes it harder for the water to penetrate, and thus they break down a bit slower. However, under mulch, it hasn't really made a difference, and I'm sure that by shredding the paper, you are increasing the surface area such that the water would have no trouble saturating it.

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Horseshoe
Oct 8, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Hi, Dad, I mean Dave's Dad! Glad to see you at All Things Family...er, uh, All Things Plants! Smiling

Good tip. And remember you can also use those shreds in your worm bins or worm pits, too.

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SongofJoy
Oct 8, 2011 2:49 PM CST
And you can use them to pack plants when you are mailing them. Wonderful for that. Then maybe the recipient can use them for mulch too. Doubly good. Big Grin
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