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I have a laurel hedge that I am taking down. Can I use the chips as
mulch or will the mulch kill things as I've heard that laurel is
Is your laurel an English laurel? If so, it is the plant Prunus
laurocerasus which does have toxic properties (cyanogenic glycoside and
amygdalin, according to the information here from North Carolina State University Extension) but I think that the
toxicity mainly affects people and other creatures if they eat its
leaves, twigs or seeds. My guess is that the wood chips should be safe to
use, but what you could do is use the mulch on a path or other area where
you do not want plants to grow and it will not touch anything you will eat.
University of Georgia School of Forest Resources has a list ofpotentially allelopathic tree species and Prunus laurocerasus is not
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