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Hi I have had a shredder in the past and it was only meant for sticks or branches. Is there anything on the market meant for soft green plants? I have a small garden with lots of soft green plants. My other idea is to shred it using a small strimmer.


  • Butterfly66Butterfly66 Posts: 931
    I don’t think so as most seem to jam if anything is too soft. A strimmer would probably work or mowing across it. I’m not sure it’s worth the effort as green, soft growth will quickly compost down anyway?
     If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887
    We make compost but we've never had a shredder ... we don't have a lot of woody stuff ... what we do have we chop up with the secateurs ... if it's too big it goes in the garden waste bin for the council.  Soft green stuff doesn't need shredding ... it'll decompose within days if layered with some vegetable peelings, torn up paper, cardboard etc , and kept moist.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I have just bought a small shredder and I have been shredding leaves and small clippings. As long as I clear the bottom of the machine regularly it works well enough for me. 
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,718
    I think most shredders will jam eventually if only soft green material is being fed in.  I always used to put firmer, twiggy material through at the same time as the soft green and rarely had a jam.
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