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Using Shredded Paper as Mulch?

Can you use shredded paper for a mulch?

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February 17, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, you can. I also put it in my compost bin.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

yes, but it is going to decompose faster.... and it might not look as pretty as wood mulch :)

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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

Yes you can. We use newspaper. Just remember that shredded is smaller pieces and will decompose quickly.

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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

You do not say anything about the type of paper you are shredding but I believe there is still a lot to be learned about this subject.
I did a lot of research into this several years ago and here is some of the information I collected:

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Two sites are from Mother Earth and give 2 different "opinions/uses":

www.motherearthnews.com/.../use-office-paper-for-mulch-zb0z08zblon

www.motherearthliving.com/.../uses-for-shredded-paper

This last site gives some general information about all types of shredded paper:

tallcloverfarm.com/.../shredded-paper-as-garden-mulch

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February 19, 20170 found this helpful

You can, yes, but try to avoid newsprint with coloured inks (which, I've heard, aren't the kindest thing you can do to your soil or the produce which grows in close proximity).

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February 21, 20170 found this helpful

You could, but some papers have formaldehyde in them, so I would not use it on edible plants, such as fruits or veggies, as it would leach into the soil. It will also blow away when windy and could create a mess. It won't last long either.

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

I have but remember that everything in the ink and used to process the paper will end up in your food, if it's an edible garden. If it's just for flowers, knock yourself out.

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Another good use for paper (especially if you don't want to shred) is on the bottom of raised garden beds, before you pour all the soil in, so that the weeds won't come in from the bottom as much. You lay the sheets out and put the soil on top.

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