RE: [gardeners] Pressure treated wood

Terry A E King (
Fri, 23 Feb 2001 10:18:52 -0800

Hi all!

This looks like as good as any subject to throw my long silent 2 cents in on
and spring gardening fever is beginning to set in dispite the 12" plus of
snow on the ground.

George, I'm wondering if the soil samples you had tested contained a lot of
humus from the decaying wood?

The reason I ask is that the dry rot fungus has been found to break down
many toxic chemicals like dioxin, PCB's, etc...  I'm wondering if the
process of the railroad ties or pressure treated wood's decay breaksdown the
treating chemicals to normal soil and air components?

Now for a question:  Any suggestions on help for a hardy fushia with fine
webbing on growth tips but I can't see any spider mites?  I've been trying
to keep this plant alive through the winter here in the house.  Its had its
ups and downs and I'm hoping it will hold on for another couple of months
until it can go back outside.

zone 4b, E. WA.