What is your opinion on Railroad ties?

michael_so_fl(zone 8)March 27, 2012

The railway co. has replaced their old RR ties with new ones and the old ones are on the sides of the road. After so many years do you think the creosote would still be harmful if I were to use them for SFG?

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This is from an EPA document

6. Are railroad ties safe for me to use for landscaping around my home?
There are no approved uses of creosote to treat wood for residential use. The Agency is aware that creosote-treated railroad ties are being used in the residential setting for landscape purposes and, in some instances, as a border around gardens. Such uses in residential settings are not intended uses of creosote and have not been considered in the preliminary risk assessment. If you do have creosote-treated wood in your yard, you are reminded to consult the handling precautions outlined above in this document.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 11:11PM
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I would never chance growing vegetables with any railroad ties, even if they are old. Free is not always the wisest.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2012 at 10:59AM
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