Re: [gardeners] Pressure treated wood

George Shirley (
Fri, 23 Feb 2001 13:39:57 -0600

Yup, the wood was rotting so had lots of humus around them and under them. The
ties were approximately 15 years old at the time I pulled and discarded them. I
got them at one of the plants I worked in and they pull their ties every 5 years
whether they are bad or not. Found that is safer in our wet climate.

Sorry, don't know anything about spider mites, never had any.

Good to hear from you though. How's the cougar population going?


Terry A E King wrote:
> 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.
> Terry
> zone 4b, E. WA.