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JustJen
Dansville, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2001
12:05 PM

Post #10910

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.
any help?
Gwydion
Kitchener, ON
(Zone 5A)

August 16, 2001
12:49 PM

Post #111263

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.
marshseed
Santa Barbara, CA

August 20, 2001
4:46 PM

Post #113119

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.
JustJen
Dansville, NY
(Zone 6a)

August 21, 2001
3:58 AM

Post #113390

thanks for the input..
i just cant believe how much FUN im having shredding stuff. i think im going to add a layer of the paper and then cypress mulch on top.
thanks again
jen
Glory
Biloxi, MS
(Zone 8b)

August 21, 2001
5:07 AM

Post #113409

The shredded newspaper works great. I used to put whole newspapers in my veggie garden to keep the weeds out and then in the fall just turn the newspaper and all into the soil.

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