Keith Kridler, Texas

Sawdust used over daffodils

November 4, 2010

Categories: Growing Daffodils, Planting, Soil

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Is the property actually two houses to the East at the end of Alston road and Maddisons Road?
Curious to know what type of “sawdust” or shavings that these might be and what species of tree they come from. We use coarsely ground up tree limbs and leaves that come from local tree trimming companies. These can be from 100 or more different species of trees found locally in yards or along power line right of ways.
Sawdust or shavings that come from smaller table saws and even wood working shops that make wood molding are often really thin slices of wood that break down quickly in our warm soils here in Texas. These cause issues if you use a LOT of them mixed in the soils as they break down and tie up nitrogen. Really fine sawdust that is put out on top of our soils will sometimes cake over and seal together making it hard for water and air to penetrate down through several inches of this piled up on top of the ground.
I like to compost the tree trimmer chips for a year or longer and then till them into the soils where we will be planting daffodils in the next several years. We sometimes top dress the daffodils in the summer with chips when we have enough. These break down slowly releasing their nutrients into the top layers of the soils.
Keith Kridler Mt. Pleasant, Texas
The first light frost of the year damaged a few leaves on tropical plants this past week. Freezing temperatures expected in the next couple of weeks.


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