Can I use recent cutted tree as a mulch in my garden ? - Knowledgebase Question

burbank, Il
Question by sylwia_arent
June 10, 2010
I would like to know if I could use recent cutted trees as a mulch for my garden especially under flowers, scrubs and trees.
Someone told me that this is too fresh and if I use it, the chemical reaction from the trees will kill my plants and that I should wait at least a year before I could use it. What do you think? Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
June 10, 2010

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There is a little bit of truth to what you've heard. The fresh wood will begin to decompose and as it does it will generate some heat. This heat might damage your flowers and shrubs if the mulch material is placed too close to them. While you can spread the wood around in your flower beds and beneath your trees and shrubs, you will want to keep it a few inches away so it isn't actually touching the plants. If you do this, it will be fine. If you're still not convinced it's safe, you can spread it out in a corner of your yard and let it age for a year and use it as a mulch next year.

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