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Are tires safe to use in and around gardens?

 
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Maybe this thread should be deleted then? I would but I can't figure out how. Maybe I don't have that power?
 
                          
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Travis wrote:
Maybe this thread should be deleted then? I would but I can't figure out how. Maybe I don't have that power?



no thats a job for the all-powerfull Paul not for us mere mortals
 
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the two threads are now merged.
 
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I recently saw a real nice set up using tires as a retaining wall with ponds and gardens and all kinds of nice stuff, the tires didn't look bad and they were growing ornamentals. 
 
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I think I'll play it safe, keep the tires out of the garden, and think about making a firewood shed out of them somehow. That way I'm not hauling them off to the dump, and I'm not in danger of polluting my food supply. I'd really like to use them in the garden but until I find trustworthy hard evidence I'll have to avoid it.
 
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Bird Hatfield wrote:
have a look in the old thread tyres anyone youll find all sorts of answers in that thread, both for and against



I have worked the search engine pretty hard and I can't find that thread. Anybody got better search-fu than me? (I know this is an ancient topic but I'm currently working through it for myself because I have an unlimited easy source of free tires and for the last two years, my best garden results have been in stacked-tire planters. But it's a heavy thing to decide to bring more tires onto the land, so I'm doing my research before I go crazy.)

Edited to say: Never mind! I missed page two, on which it becomes clear that the two threads were merged. Which makes this whole post nothing but a large necromantic bump.
 
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I keep thinking punching a shingle out of the tread area of the tire would be a great way to repurpose tires into roofing material. im not saying it would put a dent in the asphalt shingle market but in an area where tires and time are plentiful but money or building materials are scarce it could be the only roof a building ever needed. Kind of like cedar shake, but with rubber sheets, this would be for small buildings as the weight would get pretty substantial on a large roof.
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