Heidi Hoff wrote:Just to repeat my main concern: will the fertilizers impede the multiplication of the soil organisms that break down organic matter into plant-usable form?
Gilbert Fritz wrote:What about persistent systemic neonicitinoid pesticides?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neonicotinoid wrote:As of 2013 neonicotinoids have been used In the U.S. on about 95 percent of corn and canola crops, the majority of cotton, sorghum, and sugar beets and about half of all soybeans. They have been used on the vast majority of fruit and vegetables, including apples, cherries, peaches, oranges, berries, leafy greens, tomatoes, and potatoes, to cereal grains, rice, nuts, and wine grapes.
We had a Douglas fir cut down recently since it appeared dead. We kept the wood chips, plus some chips that were in the chipper's wagon from a previous job. Today we were about to spread the fiber and found mold close to the top of the pile and maybe throughout. Can we use it without transferring disease or mold throughout our yard. Is it safe to inhale it? Will it dry out and be useable? What do we do? Thank you for your help on this.
Lane County Oregon mulch wood chips
The mold is normal on rotting wood. It will not be a problem for any of your plants, but you should probably wear a mask when spreading it, especially if the material is dry, to avoid inhalation. Also, do not pile wood chip mulches next to your house's structure.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:Heidi,
I deal with a lot of wood chips. Often times, the powdery moldy stage is followed by the damp blackish stage relatively soon, at least with my piles. I try to just wait.
I've also tried hosing down the piles, but this does not work. Each pile can absorb so much water that a hose doesn't make a dent.
I'm glad other people are catching on to this potential hazard!