planer shavings of redwood

Asked March 30, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

Is it safe to use redwood shavings for mulch or to till into soil from planed redwood boards? I have a custom woodworker in my neighborhood who is planing some old redwood boards and has an abundance of shavings. Are these an asset or liability for me in garden uses as they are available for free? Thank you.

Allegany County Maryland

1 Response

It is okay to use the redwood shavings as a mulch around your ornamental plants. Make sure the shavings are no thicker than several inches and keep away from the base of the plants. Do not till into the soil.