Over the years, juniper has taking over much of the yard. Therefore, I am cutting it back. Should I put it in my compost? Or in the municipal green waste bin?
If it’s all 2020 year’s growth, might be ok if you’re in no hurry to use the compost.
Otherwise, better run it through a chipper/shredder first.
Can you explain why a bit more? We are producing a lot of juniper brush and I need a plan for where to go with it. We might need to make biochar…
One of my friends suggested that it would make my compost acidic.
I’m in no hurry to use the compost.
Juniper breaks down very slowly. I personally wouldn’t use it in compost
Oh. I was thinking that people were implying that juniper brush could house rusts. So is that not a concern? If not, there are plenty of places I can just make a brush pile and forget about it.
That’s what we get for trying to supply an answer before we really know what the issue was.
Dead limbs from junipers i would not worry about rust. I’m going to burn mine though…the ashes are good for seedbeds.
It is a concern
Dead juniper becomes very prickly and stickery, even more so than when it is alive. I wouldn’t put it in the compost without chipping it first.
So should I try to make sure not to leave juniper brush lying around? I can try to remember to make char out of it.
Once it’s dead, junipers (red cedar is the worst for rust) won’t cause any rust issues. Alive is another issue
So after the tree has been cut down it is fine or does it take a while to count as “dead”?
Well, I suppose if it was cut down in the spring it may have enough stored energy to still create CAR galls. I kill every red cedar I find on my place. Some I drill a few holes in with a battery drill and fill with brushkiller. I like to let some of them stand. Little ones I pull by hand or spray. Most I cut down and leave them where they fall. I try to take care of them all in the winter.
Pretty sure that juniper is a big part of of the wood chips that I pick up at the transfer station for composting every year. No problems, but then, rust isn’t a big deal around here.
I hot compost with plenty of N and I’m in no particular hurry for the finished product. It’s at least a year old before I use it. Whether that makes a difference or not, I have no idea.
There is an abundance of juniper on my lot that was planted in the 1970s. It is thriving however I have seen voles running in and out of the juniper in three separate locations, so it seems like a very hospitable place for rodents to make their home. At least where I live. They might also be living there because it puts them in proximity to several large oak trees and there are a ton of acorns in those area every spring (a favorite food of the voles).