Does anyone know if Ipe shavings used as mulch for blueberry plants
will cause a problem with the plants? I know that some species are not
recommended for mulch, but I haven't found a definitive answer for Ipe.
Ipe holds up for a very long time outside unprotected. It is a great deck
material. With that said it may not break down for a very long time and may
not accomplish what you want. I usually want my mulch to break down and add
back to the soil.
IPE doesn't show up on quite a few of the more popular toxicity charts
(DAGS wood + toxicity), but some list it as a mild irritant and
allergen--meaning that it can potentially affect a few (probably small
%) of the population.
Your question is tougher and no testing has been done that I know of,
esp. w/ reference to that one specific plant.
Note that some IPE intended for decking may be treated; if so, I would
not use it as mulch for any digestibles.
Sorry can't be of more help,
Seems silly, I know, but I thought I had read that somewhere. Can't
find it now, so maybe I'm mistaken....
Maybe I'm thinking of the treatment that imported wood must receive in
order to be shipped(?)
Not the first time I've been mistaken, my wife reminds,
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