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Shredded paper as mulch?

Posted by goofyisgreen Z8 PacNW (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 7, 10 at 18:43

I'd like opinions or suggestions regarding the contemplated use of shredded old papers (business 8/5 x 11 with either inkjet or laserjet ink) as mulch or a soild amendment in the garden.

Is this advisable or inadvisable, and why? Will the inks cause any problems (papers are between 5 and 15 years old)? Also, how will/would adding this type of mulch or soil amendment affect the nutrient availability & content of the existing soil, particularly as relates to N-P-P and the trace minerals?


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RE: Shredded paper as mulch?

I would not try using shredded paper as a mulch because much of it would blow into my neighbor's yards.


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RE: Shredded paper as mulch?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 4:38

The Bottom Line
Newspaper and cardboard sheet mulches can be effective for annual beds if they are properly
maintained.
Sheet mulches can prevent water movement and gas exchange if they are too wet or too dry.
Use site-appropriate mulch materials. Permanent, ornamental landscapes, non-maintained sites,
and restoration areas are not appropriate locations for newspaper and cardboard sheet mulches.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Myth of Paper-Based Sheet Mulch


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RE: Shredded paper as mulch?

  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 7:14

Shredded is a different application than sheet mulching. I see no harm in the addition of shredded paper in the soil other than maybe the ink toxicity, if it exists. Whether the ink is bad or good is what the OP is asking. That, I don't know. If the ink is good I see no harm in it though.
I have never used paper as a mulch or additive. It seems like a lot of work for a little organic gain. My paper goes in the recycle bin.


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 12:28

Will still pack down like grass clippings and have other characteristics of paper.


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PDX east wind will unpack it, unless it has transformed to paper mache'.


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RE: Shredded paper as mulch?

Thanx for the responses. I will weigh them all before acting, although I'm leaning against, just was hoping I could get something beneficial after the shredding machine.

Into the recycle bin, it looks like.


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shredded paper makes an excellent addition to a compost pile, and especially worm bins. Its a good source of carbon when leaves or straw isn't available.


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I can see it used in a compost pile. I used some shedded paper once for a banana plant. I could see something wasn't right with the plant so I dug it out.

The dirt and paper it was in was so hot and saturated it freaked me out probably as much as the poor banana plant! It responded well after I changed the soil.


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RE: Shredded paper as mulch?

goofyisgreen .....

Google "The Dark Side of Lasagna Gardening"

In regards to paper use in the garden, and what it means to recycling.


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  • Posted by botann z8 SEof Seattle (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 13, 10 at 8:14

Bboy I said I didn't see any harm in the addition to shredded paper IN the soil, not ON it. It can be spaded in, for instance.


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