Mulch

Asked March 29, 2017, 3:42 PM EDT

We had some trees taken down and the stumps ground. Can the grinding s be used as mulch? One was a maple, the other 2 were a type of birch.
Thanks very much.

Dorchester County Maryland mulch fresh mulch

7 Responses

It is not recommended to use the fresh wood chips or sawdust as a mulch around ornamentals. Any fresh wood chips/sawdust can tie up plant nutrients, especially nitrogen. However, the wood chips/sawdust are a good resource.
It is a good idea to let the wood chips/sawdust decompose for about a year. At that point you can use as a mulch in your ornamental beds.
If you want to use the chips or sawdust in pathways this would be okay.
mh

The birches were standing dead for a while, most of last summer, and cut down in Sept. The maple stump for even longer. Will the mulch help with a slug problem?

The mulch will not help with a slug problem. They like areas with excessive mulch. Make sure mulch is no thicker than several inches and keep away from the base of the plant stems. Here is more information on slugs and control http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/slugs-and-snails-flowers

You should let the chips decompose longer especially over this growing season.
mh


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It is possible that you may be referring to Dursban, an organophosphate, not a neonictinoid. This is a broad spectrum pesticide and has limited commercial use.
Contact the National Pesticide Information Center for more information. This is Not a recommended pesticide. http://npic.orst.edu/
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