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Old Today, 04:49 AM
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Originally Posted by kygman View Post
I'm retired from the state highway department and, at one time, had dump truck load of mulch from the chippers working trees torn down by tornadoes. Everybody told me I would have problems with bugs from all that mulch but never had any problem at all.
And, if you like to fish, that compost pile of much was a great place to find fishing worms!
Here in the Northeast we have lots of fruit trees with the fireblight: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_blight. Its contagious. I just cut down my small orchard that was affected. If I had chipped my limbs and gave the chips to somebody that had fruit trees; I could infect their trees.

Normally the state DOT does not chip fruit trees or come across trees infected with the fireblight. But with all of the invasive pest it would still be possible to spread some of the other diseases. You would not want to surround a hemlock with chips from another hemlock that was infected with the woolly adelgid or an ash tree with chips that contained the emerald ash borer.

On the other hand there is probably nothing wrong with the man in the YouTube video composting directly in his garden. Most garden plants are not affected by the tree diseases. In the YouTube video he had been using them for many years without problems. For our trees I think it might better to compost for a few years and then use the wood chips. That would be playing it 'safe'. And, yes, those chip compost piles are loaded with worms!
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