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Scrap wood recycling
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Ray    Posted 05-31-2003 at 04:04:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a lot of scrap 2x4's etc. Would it be a good idea to use a shredder to create a mulch that would make decomposing faster?

DeadCarp    Posted 05-31-2003 at 04:48:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe they're still worth a few bucks. Chippers like this are always looking for dry wood:)

Fawteen    Posted 05-31-2003 at 04:11:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, yes, and no...

Yes, chipping/shredding them will make a good mulch, and it will decompose faster than a solid 2x4, but not much. Wood takes a LONG time to decompose, relatively speaking. Use the mulch around plants and shrubs to control weeds and help moisture rentention.

Be DARN sure they're nail free, or you'll trash the knives on the chipper in nothing flat.

JoeK    Posted 06-01-2003 at 04:28:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Note:If you have carpenter ants in area,wood mulch is well loved by them.Check around,we have a local subcontractor that takes all the scrap and pallets of "real" wood he can get,runs it thru a grinder type mill and sells it by the ton to various buyers(chipboard plant,worm bedding mfg,concrete plant,floor-dry mfg)in various grades.

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