cedar "trash"

chickencoupeJanuary 15, 2014

Hiya

We burn a wood stove to heat our home and this year we acquired mostly (well-aged!) cedar. I don't recommend it, btw. It's great as kindling or as a hot-boost in the fire. It's a closed stove, btw (cedar can be dangerous).

The result of sawing, chopping and splitting left much cedar saw dust on the ground as well as "trash". Cedar is highly flammable and I must sweep/rake up all of the cedar "trash" consisting of pieces of wood, cedar bark (which is often stringy) and the likes.

What is the best way to repurpose this cedar wood trash? We are using as much as we can for kindling (safely), but the smaller pieces leave me scratching my head. I'll will need to burn it (responsibly), otherwise.

I have a home vegetable garden. I also have rabbits and dogs.

Can I use it in the soil? I don't think I can use it in the rabbit cages. I've heard cedar is bad for their lungs? *shrugs

What would you do?

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david52 Zone 6

There are different species of cedar. The ones we have here in the southwest are Juniperus osteosperma (Utah Juniper), and Juniperus monosperma (one seed juniper.

They have stringy bark, the wood is very rot / termite resistant, but they aren't particularly dangerously flammable.

Anyway, I've used it extensively for firewood, and the trash - mostly stringy bark and saw dust, gets used as mulch. It lasts 3-5 years.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 10:28AM
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toxcrusadr(Zone 6a - MO)

I woudl also recommend mulching with the small sticks and twigs. It's fairly rot resistant (more or less depending on species) so it is a long lasting mulch. You can put ugly sticks etc. down first and cover with a prettier mulch if you like.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 1:26PM
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chickencoupe

Thank you for the input. I hate to trash anything. I wasn't certain if it was okay for mulch, or not. Using it as a mulch in the garden will allow me to keep it moist. I may need to scoop it up in July and August, but there's not too much of it to be a hassle. Or I could bury what's left.

tx!

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 3:38PM
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paleogardener(9)

Those are good "browns" for the compost pile.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 5:58PM
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lazy_gardens

Mulch with it or toss it in the compost pile.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 6:21PM
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