pricklypear
Newly Registered
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:43 pm
Location: New Zealand

blue gum trees for mulching

Hi I am new, my name is Delene Rodgers from New Zealand.
I am a new gardener and loving it but have a lot to learn.
I had some blue gum trees cut down, had some of the branches and leaves chipped, need to know if I can use as a mulch around fruit trees and vegatable garden.
Would love to hear from you thanks Delene

User avatar
vebyrd36
Senior Member
Posts: 112
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:30 pm
Location: Ector county, West Texas

I typically would place the wood chips in the compost bin to breakdown some

As to the gum tree:

Gum trees have eucalyptus in them which I think would be hazardous to use as mulch as it would be a fire harzard. I also think the eucalyptus may burn other plants. I myself would not use them
Life is a journey through valleys and hills with many twist and turns, but always with sunshine and kindness at the end.

toxcrusadr
Greener Thumb
Posts: 969
Joined: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:50 pm
Location: MO

Eucalyptus is a genus rather than something that is 'in' a tree. I think I know what you're trying to say though. After doing a little research it seems various Blue Gums are in the Eucalyptus family, so if there is something in the wood of Euc. species that retards plant growth, blue gum may have it.

I was initially doubtful because there are other gums in my neck of the woods (red gum and sweetgum) that are not Euc. species.
Tox

pricklypear
Newly Registered
Posts: 2
Joined: Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:43 pm
Location: New Zealand

reply to blue gum mulch

If I cant use it for mulch, what can I do with it then?

User avatar
vebyrd36
Senior Member
Posts: 112
Joined: Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:30 pm
Location: Ector county, West Texas

I would think yo could use it in the native gardening for you area. Eucalyptus mulch is particularly beneficial in a native garden because it promotes the development of micro-organisms in the soil which enhance plant health. :) :)
Life is a journey through valleys and hills with many twist and turns, but always with sunshine and kindness at the end.

toxcrusadr
Greener Thumb
Posts: 969
Joined: Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:50 pm
Location: MO

I don't think there would be anything wrong with using it as a mulch, and if you're concerned about whether it will affect other plants, use it on paths or other places without plants.
Tox

Return to “Composting Forum”