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Beginner Gardening: Arbor Vitae Clippings for Mulch

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PeteB7

PeteB7
Trumbull, CT
(Zone 7a)

August 19, 2012
9:31 PM

Post #9247144

Do Arbor Vitae clippings work well for general mulch?
Are they acidic in the same way that pine needles are?

Thanks, Pete

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 20, 2012
5:42 AM

Post #9247316

Hi Pete, Welcome to DG. I hope these links answer your questions.

I do know that wood chips and bark from Arbor vitae are used as mulch.

http://cmg.colostate.edu/gardennotes/245.pdf

I found this article on using AV needles/scale. It states that they are acidic, but need to be aged a season.

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20061028125732AAxdNGa

PeteB7

PeteB7
Trumbull, CT
(Zone 7a)

August 21, 2012
5:39 AM

Post #9248645

Hi and thank you for the links. That is quite interesting how they need to be aged.

themoonhowl

themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

August 21, 2012
6:51 AM

Post #9248722

You are most welcome. I was surprised by that also...usually it is with green stuff like grass trimmings that you want to age it to prevent nitrogen loss...who'da thunk AV needles need to lose their coating?

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