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Using City Mulch (IL)

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From: Kathy Burkholder
Greenfield, IL
Is it safe to use free mulch made from a city's (Jacksonville, IL) brush and tree trimmings around trees in one's yard? Is there a danger of diseases and insects being brought into the property and potentially harming the trees?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Is there a possibility...yes, there's always the slight chance something may be transmitted.

However, the probability of that happening is generally considered to be very low.

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