Is It Safe To Use Fresh Stump Grindings As Mulch For Plants And Trees?

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We are taking down a large sweetgum tree. Is the mulch that the company will make from our tree be safe to use in our gardens? What about the ground down stump grindings? Is that safe to mix into anything? I've heard (old wives tale?) that it isn't good to use untreated mulch.


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Answer #1 ·'s Answer · Hi Sheena,

Freshly ground trees should sit for at least 6 months or longer before using for mulch around plants. The high acidity level of fresh stump grindings has been known to cause significant damage and can even kill plants and trees.

Hope this helps you!

Brooks Wilson:))

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Answer #2 ·'s Answer · Hi Sheena - Freshly ground wood mulch can also pull nitrogen out of the soil that can have an adverse effect on plants. Like Brooks said, it can take 6 months or even up to a year for freshly ground tree mulch to age before it would be ready for use around plants and trees.


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Answer #3 · Sheena Todd's Answer · Thank you so much! Very helpful. Looks like the mulch will hang out in a corner of our property for awhile.)

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