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Mulching with privet

Does anyone know if I can shred privet and use it straight on beds as a mulch or would I need to compost it first?  Just wondering if it would break down enough between now and spring on damp soil, it being mainly leafy green material.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    I do but that's no recommendationimage

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    If it's good enough for you nutcutlet, it's good enough for me.  It won't be on edibles so what's the worst that can happen image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    I shred any shrub/tree/ dry perennial stalk and it all goes back on the garden. Wonderful round newly planted shrubs etc, retains the moisture all through summer, keeps weeds down, unless you count the seedlings from the dried flower stems as weeds

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Looks like I have lots of lovely free mulch to look forward to then!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    It's amazing how small a heap you get from a mountain of prunings.

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,155

    I run over my privet cuttings with my mower, then tip them onto the compost.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    Ours gets done one a year LF. This week I hope, before the birds move in. The 'trimmings' are 3 foot long.  They'll be longer this year, we're going to reduce it by an extra 3 foot or so, we're talking about logs from that.

    The mower will clear up the bits at the end

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657
    right obviously some of you here have shredders and i know lots of people are not sure which to buy ,i want one that will shred hedge and Laurel now which ones please are you using on hedge etc what type please

    Alan
  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    I am lucky enough to be getting a shredder for my birthday so I will let you know how good it is Alan.  We recently removed some privet so I will have lots of woody stuff to shred.  I can use that as mulch now and put the green clippings in the composter later in the year.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657
    i need one as well so any info on makes and type of blade or roller blade types would be great many thanks
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