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Saw dust
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Don    Posted 04-10-2004 at 04:18:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can my sawdust from my little woodshop be used for any garden value? Its mainly pine and cedar.
Thanks for any advice.

deadcarp    Posted 04-10-2004 at 13:16:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh darn right if it's fairly clean. It aerates the soil, adds acid, helps it hold moisture. We dump sawdust, ashes, bark, tater peelings, coffee grounds, any of that extra stuff in gardens. If you wanna experiment & have an extra trash bag of it, add a buncha leaves or lawn clippings & a cowpie (or critter equivalent, that's the magic ingrediment) and set it downwind somewhere for a few weeks. (still in the bag - just tuck the top under it) You'll have the nicest free compost you ever got. :)

jerry from MN.    Posted 04-10-2004 at 09:10:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I see nothing wrong with saw dust as long as it is not green treated. The old green treated had arsenic in it . And that will get into your crop and cause cancer. Even if you burn green treated and dump the ashes on the garden the arsenic is in the ashes, it still goes in the crop. The chemical in new green treated is probally not any better for you.

Alias    Posted 04-10-2004 at 06:44:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
According to Paul James, the Gardener Guy, sawdust work good on azalias and other acid loving plants.........gfp

Okie-Dokie    Posted 04-10-2004 at 05:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think you could do that, but you will loose some Nitrogen from the ground while the saw dust decomposes. You may want to put some fertilizer down befor the sawdust to counteract this.

Ron/PA    Posted 04-10-2004 at 04:51:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd stay away from planting over my leach field. Anytime you introduce roots into that area you run the risk of plugging your system. Tilling up the grass that probably covers your system now could also disturb the percolation of your existing system.
As for saw dust, I've never tried it, but I have to believe that it will work the same as shavings or chips. Green wood, will usually create a very acidic soil situation. If you are going to dump your dust on there, plan on countering it with a very liberal dose of lime.
Good luck

jerry from MN.    Posted 04-10-2004 at 07:59:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You should not plant a garden on top of your drain field (leach bed) Because of the nutrients in the soil below. Septic tanks that are pumped and the septage dumped on a field that is used to produce a crop for dairy cattle, is not susposed to be used for feed for the cattle for up to one year. As for planting trees between the drainage lines in the drain field that is ok, providing you have 12 inches of rock below the 4 inch pipe that should be in your drain field. The University of Minnesota AG. Dept. of Engineering puts this information out. I did not make it up. Their studies show that if you have 12 inches of rock below the pipe and 2 inches above the pipe that gives you a total of 18 inches. If you have that much rock in your drain field tree roots will not enter the rock layer. Trees in a drain field with that much rock actually will help get rid of the effulent. In my drain field I have 2 feet of rock below my pipe and trees between the lines and have never had a problem in the 20 years the drain field has been used.

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