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my newest toy is a paper shredder.
does anyone know if shredded paper is a good mulcher? i have bags of it and im lost as to what to do with it.
someone said to use it as a mulch, but im not so sure.
I was told by my mother (who is an authority in her own mind) that newsprint is ok and any other paper that has vegetable based ink and no wax coating; such as some light weight cardboards, coffee cups etc.
If this isn't true I would like to know as well, as I am limiting myself to newsprint right now.
Magazine are likely to be using metallic inks and the paper treated with clays for the glossy look.
I use shredded office paper and newspaper as compost additive ("browns"), vermicomposting bedding, and mulching (used as base with shredded bark or straw capping.) Cardboard is okay as mulch, good even applied whole for weed control.
I have lots of raised beds and use the shredded paper between the beds. After a year, most has been decomposed and can be shoveled onto the beds for the organic material.