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Fresh arborvite clippings OK as browns?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:09 pm
by Gardener123
I'm cutting down, and removing 4 arborvite shrubs this week.... Can I use them as "browns" even though they won't be dead for a few weeks?

Re: Fresh arborvite clippings OK as browns?

Posted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:13 pm
by tomc
Chop by anvil pruner or chop-saw all into hand sized or smaller chunks (or billets). It will all compost.

By all, I mean trunk and all.

Re: Fresh arborvite clippings OK as browns?

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 12:16 am
by imafan26
Fresh clippings I think are still greens, but the bark chips will be brown. Layer them together in the compost pile with the manures, a little bit of compost or soil to provide microbe starters, add enough water to get it to the wrung out sponge stage and they should cook pretty well. I would try to get some other source materials in the pile so that it will be better balanced. You may have to make more than one starter pile so it can be managed better, unless you have a loader to turn the piles. 3-5 ft high and as long as you like in windrows.