Shavings from pressure-treated wood as mulch? - Knowledgebase Question

Colmesneil, TX
Question by tims2
March 20, 2000
I have several 30 gallon garbage bags of shavings from pressure treated wood. Would it be all right to use this material as mulch on flowerbeds?


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Answer from NGA
March 20, 2000

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No. Whenever you work with pressure-treated wood, you should wear a dust mask, and any scrap--including shavings--should go to the landfill.

Also, part of the benefit of non-treated mulch is that it breaks down over time, which helps to build up the organic matter levels in the soil.

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