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Creosote is not the only danger of railroad ties. They are also regularly sprayed with highly toxic herbicides, bactericides and fungicides (including PCP). The sale of railway ties is prohibited in France since 2003.
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Hardiness Zone: 8a
Sandra from Mississippi
Personally, I wouldn't recommend using poles, logs or landscape timbers containing coal tar creosote for gardening. The fact is that about 300 chemicals known to be toxic have been identified in coal tar creosote (common to landscape logs and poles), but it may contain as many as 10,000 other chemicals. Some of these toxic chemicals dissolve in water and move through the soil, eventually reaching our groundwater.
Once coal tar creosote is in the environment, both plants and animals can absorb parts of the creosote mixture. How much of these chemical components will be taken up by your flowers depends on a variety of environmental conditions. They may or may not appear to harm your plants, but the chemicals will be causing unseen damage to the environment whether your plants are harmed or not.
Not a good idea I read it is toxic to even sit on them. The creosote leaches into the soil and your soil will be contaminated forever.
Aren't railroad ties covered with creosote? I believe they are, and they are sold for enclosing gardens and landscaping--I've used them for years with no problems.
Why not look at this picture another way. Ellen isn't telling you that the new kind of treating of wood is worse than creosote.
No it's illegal according to the EPA
I am looking for information on remediation of creosote logs in the garden. I am curious about plugging the logs with oyster mushrooms for remediation. The raised beds with the logs are not being used for food cultivation.
I would like to remediate them on the spot rather than take them to the dump. Any ideas, info or links would be most appreciated. Thanks.
Hardiness Zone: 8b
By Nikki from Portland, OR
Search for: Remediating Creosote Logs in the Garden; good luck.