Can ground oak wood be used for mulch? - Knowledgebase Question

Sebring, Fl
Question by attyravenal
July 1, 2010
I am having an oak tree ground and will lay bahia sod in the area. Can the ground oak be used for mulch or will it be bait for termites? Also will the grass grow if I just spread it in the yard before I lay the sod?

Answer from NGA
July 1, 2010


Rather than inviting problems, I'd compost the oak wood rather than use it fresh, either for mulch or in the soil prior to laying sod. Fresh wood, oak or otherwise, will generate heat as it decomposes which can burn the roots of your plants and can also rob nitrogen from the soil. I'd just pile it up and allow it to age before using it in the garden.

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