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I used four bags of Verve bark chippings a couple of days ago and noticed what looked like foliage from a  pine related tree.

I couldnt be sure  what tree it was so I thought I would ask here.

Is it common, or even possible for commercial brands to use deadly posionous trees such as a yew in their chippings. I know we dont eat the bark as such, but breathing in the dust cannot be healthy nor can handling  the stuff, or having the chippings around animals.

They looked slightly different to Yew but not so different I could rule it out given that some decomposition would have taken place.

I will try to get a picture of the needles next time.

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  • I think "deadly poisonous" is a bit of an overkill!!    I'm sure "verve" would be well aware of any potential problems with products they produce and the the consequent risk of being sued. The seeds, if crushed, are certainly very poisonous but the rest of the tree is far less so. I'm sure we've all cut yew braches and theoretically exposed ourselves to the dust.......  I certainly suffered no ill effects.  There's often large quantities of yew debris under the trees............. I've raked this up..... must have breathed quite a bit of "dust" in (if there was any)............... I'm still here!   I'd say don't worry about it ..... life's too short....... no, it won't get shorter with Yew bark:)

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    Yew is deadly to horses but only to us when or if we eat the seeds, i would think the plants that process the stuff would use any native tree delivered to them.

  • Thanks guys. I have been informed by B and Q that Yew is  quite a hard wood and that most  commerila chippings are by products of the timber industry so were unlikely to be Yew.

    I have a picture to show you guys anyway if you can identify this tree.

    Thanks,

    Rob

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      B and q is wrong yew is softwood.

      still would not worry

      • I think its classed as a hard softwood. As in  technically its a softwood but its harder than some hardwoods.

        • PRO

          really?

          • ... and Balsa is a soft hardwood!

             

            • PRO

              Yet still hardwood!

              I can’t believe I’m even having this conversation.

               

              as to breathing in dust from it I can’t remember the last time it was dusty outside August last year springs to mind!

  • if its bark chip and not wood chip a lot of it comes from fence post manufacture or simmular where they peal the bark off before processing so most of it is pine 

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