How Long Does Mulch Need To Age? - Knowledgebase Question

Wake Forest, NC
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Question by KingKreate
March 15, 2001
We were recently fortunate enough to receive a very large (dump truck full) load of freshly ground up trees to use as mulch. My question is this - does it need to age before we use it, or will it be OK to use it this Spring? I am a great believer in mulch, especially if it's free, but I don't want to burn my seedlings...thank you very much!

Answer from NGA
March 15, 2001
The rule of thumb with green tree trimmings such as those is to allow them to age for at least a year. In addition, if they are heavy sized chips rather than a finer texture or shredded, they are best used around shrubs rather than flowers or vegetables. You may also compost them over time and use them as a soil amendment that way.

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