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I have just reduced 15 conifers, can I use the cuttings as compost?

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Gb

I am asking as when I was shredding it all it smelt very 'citrusy'. I have bagged it up ready for the big composter at the local tip.




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Hi Ian, it will make good top dressing for mulching next year, leave it in the bags, what you will give away will be useful for yourself.

23 Sep, 2009

 

Ooooh yes,,I agree with Doctorbob....keep it for yourself!

23 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks GoY's I just thought I would check first and now I'm pleased I did. Why do conifers smell so citrus like? Carol (Mrs. Digs) thought I was shredding oranges! ! !

23 Sep, 2009

 

The most citrusy (is that a word?) is Cupressus macrocarpa and it's varieties. Lovely!

23 Sep, 2009

 

I'm not sure Fractal (if citrusy is a word) but it does role off the tongue well eh?

23 Sep, 2009

 

Yes Ian Citrussy is the word, the Mum-in-laws neighbour has seven huge conifers and he is slowly getting rid, they are over 30 foot high and he is taking them down himself, albiet slowly bit by bit, brave man, And he is also shredding them and they do smell quite lovely. So after reading your question I will go get some of his shreddings.

23 Sep, 2009

 

Ahhh you see Bob, you learn something every day here on GoY. Citrussy might be a word but is citrusy?

23 Sep, 2009

 

Lol!

24 Sep, 2009

 

Is fresh conifer good for composting or use in the cultivated garden? I thought that the resins suppressed growth. Where we have been trimming and shredding leylandii in the new 'allotment' I have been using the shreddings to make the paths between the beds, but keeping it off the beds.

24 Sep, 2009

mad
Mad
 

I agree about using it as a mulch, but why wait until next year? Just wondered. Also PLEASE will someone tell me what lol means. I keep trying to find out but no one tells me.

24 Sep, 2009

 

'lol' means 'lots of laughs' or you could substitute 'love'! It is used as an alternative to a smiley.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Sorry, Bulbaholic, my sons tell me lol means laugh out loud (similar, though). I'm still wondering what LMAO means, though?

24 Sep, 2009

 

Anything composted and heated up will change the substance completely. Many of the bags of compost you buy is often a mixture of all sorts of trees. The council compost recycled can contain a very wide range of organic materials.
As a mulch on top of your ground the open surface of the material will retain moisture in your ground leaving nature in time to neutralise it.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks again Dr. Bob. I have bagged it all up and put it to one side. Come spring, once I'm sure the wildlife have finished using it as a winter hotel, I will put it through the shredder again and then use it as a mulch, as I think this was one of the (many) problems that affected my veg this year.

Bamboo, LMAO means Laugh My As* Off. A more polite version is LMSO, replace As* with Socks, Happy to help.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Cheers, Ian.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Your welcome. :~))

24 Sep, 2009

 

Actually Ian I put them both through the spellchecker and both flagged up as wrong spellings hehe probably our own made upwords and it dont matter which way its spelt.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Still it smelt nice.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Mmmmmm I can imagine.

24 Sep, 2009

mad
Mad
 

I'm a bit late but thank you Bulbaholic and Bamboo for telling me about LOL and LMAO. I think I'll stick with LMSO.

29 Sep, 2009

How do I say thanks?

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