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Old 04-29-03, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Northern Woodland Mulch?

Found this at crappy tire for 3$ per huge bag... is it safe to use?

Smells a little strong but not too bad...

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i was looking at it a couple months ago, and it seemed OK

....but it didnt mention if it did or did not have cedar in it, so i didnt want to take the chance

I would stick with cypress.

we sell big bags for $10 if your interested in it, email me if you are!
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Hm,
What exactly about cedar makes it toxic? If i let the stuff sit in the sun for a bit, would is be okay?

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Im not sure, it may not even have cedar in it!
i just didnt want to take the chance, could be a costly mistake

if you can find out forsure if it contains cedar or not, go for it...otherwise, i say go with cypress, or something similar
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I called, it's almost ALL cedar. Buggers.

Oh well, thanks anyway, I'll probably be in touch with you about the good stuff soon!

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Extractives in the resin of the cells in the wood is what makes Cedar (and many softwoods) toxic. They make a lot of cleaners and disinfectants from the extractives.
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i went to the local green house and picked up a huge 60 litre bag of orchid bark for like 28 bucks.
it is the exact same as repti-bark. but much cheaper than buying it in the reptile store. lets just say i saved about $75 dollars, from not buying that amount in the pet store.

but watch out at the greenhouse because some of the orchid bark has the little white clumps in it which i think is perlite, so dont buy that stuff.
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Nothing wrong with perlite so I don't know why you'd avoid stuff with some in it. TONS of people use it to hatch very delicate lizards and snakes, such as this little guy:

Nothing wrong with perlite:

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OOOps what was i thinking i must have been thinking of something else. sorry dont mind me
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