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post #21 of 29 Old 04-30-2015, 05:39 PM
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No doubt chamfer has it right....that is ideal! !!.
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WOW! There is a whole lot of misinformation in this post. Too much to even start commenting on. Many of you need a session with your county Agricultural Extension Office Agent.

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I spoke with one of the Master Gardeners in the local club here in town today. Shavings for the garden used as a mulch are perfectly ok. He also mentioned that nitrogen will leach out of the garden with out the shavings and it is always good to add nitrogen once a month. He also said as mulch in the flower garden is safe and won't attract termites. Anyone else have remarks or opposing views?

Now if I can just get rid of the moles in my yard, I'll be happy.

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Yeah.....George is right! Those guys can be helpful......

I remember when I was trying to grow chickens.....unsuccessfully.....

So I contacted Texas A&M University....and the ag expert asked me to explain the situation in detail.....

I told him I tried planting the chicks 1/2" deep.....but none sprouted, so then I tried only planting them 1/2 way...head down..and that didn't work either, so I tried planting them 1/2 way heads up....and it seemed like it was working....but they didn't grow much and were all dead in a week.....

The ag thought for a minute.....then said: "Send us a soil sample...."
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Wood chips are great for use as a mulch. Plants and trees can thrive with the introduction of wood chip mulch. Wood chip mulch can reduce watering requirements and encourage the introduction of earth worms. However DO NOT mix it into the soil, just lay it on top. Also some wood is toxic to plants, in particular walnut. So if you have a toxic wood just toss it. It takes between one and three years for the wood chips to fully break down, but I am sure that planer shavings would take less than a year. If you are concerned about putting mulch too close to the house then find a yard tree (fruit trees like it) and just mulch around the tree to get ride of the grass and weeds.
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If you decide against using the shavings as mulch, you can make fire logs from them:

I've been using one of these for years, mixing shavings and newspaper about 50-50, getting the mix good and wet, then pressing in to logs. Once dried they're great for the fireplace
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You're located in Alabama. Termite country. I wouldn't put any wood in the ground.
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I put them in my veggie garden, seems to be working well, and I have not seen any signs of termites. YET. They have been there almost two months now.

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I sell all of my planer shavings (minus any walnut) to horse farms. They pay me to take it away.
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