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Jun 13, 2017 11:32 AM CST
We have a ton of cut down, rotten, cotton wood trees on a property we just bought.
We are wondering if we chipped them, would it be good to use in the garden?
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Jun 13, 2017 11:36 AM CST

Yes, chip away. Smiling Because Cottonwood is so soft, I suspect the chips will decompose in double time.
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Jun 13, 2017 11:42 AM CST
I would think Cottonwood (Populus) would be fine for mulch as long as the tree isn't diseased.

Hopefully those who live in areas where cottonwood grows will be along soon to offer advice.
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Jun 13, 2017 1:54 PM CST
We have used mulch from our trimmed cottonwood trees for several years. They were (and still are) huge and the first time we had them cut back, it generated a massive pile of chips that the trimming company piled in a remote spot on the property. We're still using some of those same chips.
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