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Old 02-08-2018, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I've been reading that peanut shells can take a year or two to decompose and that the recommendation is to grind them up before putting them in your compost heap.

My question is a little different - I feed shelled peanuts to squirrels and over the winter especially there gets to be a LOT of shells in the yard. During the rest of the year I'm mowing so I don't notice as much. But will all these shells end up being bad for my yard if they take so long to break down, even after mowing over them? Should I just rake them up once thing dry up and dispose of them in the trash?
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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IMO the worst effect would be walking barefoot in your yard. The shell's effect should be beneficial.
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Just the mess of shells laying around. Sunflower hulls make a bigger mess.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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...and sunflower hulls make a good mulch, although they don't last more than a few months once weather warms up. I have the remains of perhaps 200lb every year on the edge of my main garden. The plants seem to love those hulls.

Peanut shells? I suspect your soil says "yumm".
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Old 02-11-2018, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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...and sunflower hulls make a good mulch, although they don't last more than a few months once weather warms up. I have the remains of perhaps 200lb every year on the edge of my main garden. The plants seem to love those hulls.

Peanut shells? I suspect your soil says "yumm".
Well, maybe....should I rake them from where they are concentrated around my deck (where I'm putting them out for the squirrels) and scatter them around my yard and mow over them?
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Old 02-11-2018, 10:17 AM
 
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Since they mulch well, if you want the stuff underneath dead, like weeds, leave them. If they're on grass, spread them out. If you have a mower and don't bag, mowing can't hurt.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:16 AM
 
Location: NC
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I'm guessing that peanut shells have a similar composition to sawdust. That means a high carbon to nitrogen ratio, which is slow to decompose. So, either mix them with grass or weeds that are composting, or scatter a handful of nitrogen fertilizer over the top.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:36 AM
 
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I'm guessing that peanut shells have a similar composition to sawdust. That means a high carbon to nitrogen ratio, which is slow to decompose. So, either mix them with grass or weeds that are composting, or scatter a handful of nitrogen fertilizer over the top.
Interesting that the same high carbon idea applies to bark mulch, too, which can decay gracefully over a year or two, yet few folks throw high nitrogen fertilizer on their mulched beds. I'm sure it's a good idea, but hardly essential.
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Old 02-11-2018, 11:36 AM
 
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You're correct that they decompose slowly. Plus they may harbor diseases like blight and bad nematodes. I wouldn't recommend using them for mulch and they'll decompose faster in a compost pile, but just leaving them (or raking) shouldn't be too bad. You're also correct that adding some nitrogen may help them decompose faster.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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It's fine. Go for it.
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