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02-25-2010 04:03 AM

Not sure if i’m asking this in the right section but here goes

What does everyone do with thier sawdust? I generate a fair amount of it and hate to see it go to waste. It must be good for something?

-- dannymac

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 04:12 AM

Fire starter pellets, mix with sand and soil for grass seeding and composed fertilizer.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 04:17 AM

if you have any farms nearby you can give it to the farmers for cattle bedding.

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 04:20 AM

I just empty the bag and scatter the sawdust and chips in my woods around my house… I have plenty of woods and plenty of sawdust, so it really makes the weeds grow… But DON”T EVER put sawdust and chips in a flower bed or garden….. it will burn it up… too hot for the flowers…. the deer don’t like it either.

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 04:33 AM

Just keep in mind that “sawdust” from plywood, MDF, and other man-made materials has a lot of nasty junk in it. I definitely wouldn’t burn any of that, or use it around pets, for instance.

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 04:43 AM

It goes in our compost pile with all the kitchen ‘goodies’

-- Buzz ---- Fare Thee Well!

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#6 posted 02-25-2010 04:50 AM

This year I have been covering the mud in our backyard with it. I also compost some, and mulch with some. Don’t ever mulch with walnut dust/shavings though, it will kill everything green.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#7 posted 02-25-2010 02:00 PM

I use it as free mulch and spread it over our and the neighbor’s landscaping/garden.

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#8 posted 02-25-2010 06:26 PM

Mostly it gets used for heating, I usually sort out plywood, mdf incase “wood” saw dust is going to be used for gardens. Walnut I sort out to because I have heard it can be harmful to plants and animals.

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#9 posted 02-25-2010 06:45 PM

I give my bags and bags of sawdust and shavings to a farmer who uses it in the stalls .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 07:14 PM

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#11 posted 02-25-2010 11:49 PM

I dump it in the compost or use it for fire starters.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 02-26-2010 12:13 AM

I just throw it in the trash

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#13 posted 02-26-2010 12:15 AM

Since it is usually windy in West Texas—-Hmmmmmmm, draw your own conclusions.

Seriously, we give it to horse people for their stalls. Typically we produce a 5’x8’x6’ inclosed trailer load every week.


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#14 posted 02-26-2010 01:41 AM

Dam kent that be alot of sawdust. An hey i be a city boy so i guess it’s the compost heap for me.

Thankyou one an all for your replies

-- dannymac

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#15 posted 03-01-2010 04:03 AM

I put it in my garden paths. But not in the compost. That’s the last thing you want to do with with saw dust or wood shavings. I guess you could put it in a pile by itself and let it compost.

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