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I was running out of wood chips and went to look at what I thought was a pile of cedar that was dropped.  After a year it seems to be composting very well so I am thinking it may be juniper. 
I looked at a guide on trees of my state and it seems what is called eastern cedar (juniperus virginiana).  Is this good for use in hot composting?

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Dennis Bangham wrote:I was running out of wood chips and went to look at what I thought was a pile of cedar that was dropped.  After a year it seems to be composting very well so I am thinking it may be juniper. 
I looked at a guide on trees of my state and it seems what is called eastern cedar (juniperus virginiana).  Is this good for use in hot composting?

Thanks



They say that too much coniferous wood can be a bad thing as it increases acidity but the truth is when pine needles fall they are nearly neutral in P.H. 

I have three acres of mostly grass  My most mature trees are blue spruce.  I use every bit of my blues spruce pruning in  a long-term compost pile, to  build habitat or as a top cover.
 
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hau Dennis,
yes indeed your juniper is great for hot composting, especially once the sap has dried up somewhat.
Those trees are also good for fence posts as long as you peel them down to the heart wood, the white, soft, new wood isn't durable at all in the ground.

If you chip those trees the chips will make great pathways and their acidic side will hold back many "weeds".

 
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