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Old 01-05-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hey all!
I just cleared a lot of cedar out of my lot and chipped it. A landscaper told me to just spread it around the lawn as a mulch. He said it will naturally decompose and improve the soil quality. Do you agree? How long will the mulch take to decompose and green to poke through again?
Should I till it in the ground?
Thanks!
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Old 01-06-2010, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Fresh mulch uses up a lot of nitrogen to decompose. I'm not sure I would spread it on the lawn.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:05 AM
 
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Lawn? I don't think so. It would be suitable around shrubs & trees, but it propbably has a high wood (vs. bark) content, so it may steal some nitogen from the soil.
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Old 01-06-2010, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Does this guy run a lawn service?

You can use the wood chip as mulch around trees, shrubs and plants. It's not a recommended top dressing for lawns. Fungi needs nitrogen to decompose wood. It'll use nitrogen in the air, but if it's buried, it will take it from every nitrogen source it can find in the soil. You could apply a very light application of tiny chip (I'll use the analogy of putting salt and pepper on food) without harming the lawn, but it scarcely seems worth the effort.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I own a wood chipper and I have more wood chips than I know what to do with, after tommorow I will have even more (from clearing invasive brush).

I spread some of mine around last year in the woods and it has pretty much decomposed now, although it does encourage stinkhorn fungi that smells like rotting garbage after rain. You may cringe at this, but my best results have been from leaving it piled up and pouring diluted urine over it throughout the summer. The urine has lots of nitrogen in it and it breaks down the wood chips fairly quickly.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Thanks everyone. I want to slap the guy who told me to spread it around. Now I get to spend the weekend raking them all up. :-(

Anyone know an easy way of disposing of a large amount of mulch? I have a mountain of it. Should I order a bagster from Waste Management or something?
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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You can turn it into compost. Use your lawn clippings from this coming summer, coffee grounds, or at worst, buy a couple bags of 34-0-0 fertilizer from a farm supply store and mix it all together. In the fall, it should be ready to spread on the lawn then.

Come to think of it, you might just want to put down some high nitrogen fertilizer before a heavy rain in the spring once the grass is starting to green up. It would counteract the mulch, and help the lawn in the process. But you have to make sure it's going to be a lot of rain. That high a nitrogen content could easily burn the lawn if not watered in almost immediately.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:50 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Thanks everyone. I want to slap the guy who told me to spread it around. Now I get to spend the weekend raking them all up. :-(

Anyone know an easy way of disposing of a large amount of mulch? I have a mountain of it. Should I order a bagster from Waste Management or something?
Put an ad on freecycle or your local paper. Free mulch. You haul.
Also, if you're a fisherman, leave some piled up back out of the way somewhere. Next spring and summer, keep it damp. Great place for fishing worms!
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