Planting near a wooden fence

mungbeaniesJanuary 22, 2007

I was told that wooden yard fences are frequently treated with arsenic and I shouldn't plant edibles nearby. It sounds a little sensational but I would love to hear your advice. -Cheryl

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red_clay_soil

If your lumber is pressure treated, that contains arsenic and other chemicals that are poisonous. Any other type of lumber would be ok to plant edibles near.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 9:02AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

If the fence is older than three years, it is probably pressure treated with chromium copper arsenate (CCA). This chemical was voluntarily removed from the industry at that time, but other dangerous chemicals have replaced it.

Nothing sensational about it! If you were to read the warnings on CCA lumber, you'd freak out.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 4:15PM
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