shredded office paper as mulch or compost

mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)March 18, 2013

In my office I shred alot of paperwork. Basically what is shredded are stale contracts, proposals, confidential docs etc.

It is all basically clean copy paper. No color paper, no newspaper just run of the mill office mail.

I WAS WONDERING. It is too light to just lay on the ground, but either composting or mixing it in with the shredded pine mulch is doable.

Any negatives to this????

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I've been using shredded office paper I'm my compost for quite awhile and never had any problems. Good luck

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 3:39PM
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Beeone(4 N. Wyo.)

I've used shredded green bar and shredded checks before. Both worked well, however they are also light and blowable. Spent a couple months with little strips of paper all over the yard.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 12:54AM
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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)

Funky, Bee

Thanx, I will try two things with the shredded office paper.
1. I have a compost bin with chicken wire sides which should hold in the paper shreds.
2. A friend is giving me a worm factory. He says that I can mix the stuff in there and will get fantastic worm castings in no time.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 8:28AM
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alan haigh

If you are in a part of the country that gets winter rain but is short on water during the growing season you can use gutter water during rain season to get the stuff soaking wet and bury it shallow as water reservoir for favored plants.

Here in NY it will function for a few years in this capacity before breaking down (I have a small "dry" nursery, meaning no irrigation) and have used junk mail for this purpose. Where it gets more chance for soil to dry out and where the soil is generally warmer it will break down more quickly which will reduce water storage but improve soil.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 8:57AM
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mes111(5b -Purling NY & 7b -Nassau County NY)


I live in Nassau County but I have a place in Greene County about 35 miles south of Albany.

My fruit trees (55-60 various fruits) are upstate. I keep throwing out bags and bags of the stuff from my office. I thought to put it to better use.

Where is your nursery?


    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 9:24AM
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