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Old 03-29-2009, 08:53 PM
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so we had alot of rain last night and this morning a neighboor of mine has huge magnolia leaves that fell from it, he said he used only fertilizer on it about a month ago. do you think these leaves are safe to use.

would boiling them help?
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:29 PM
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Well, since I would assume he applied fertilizer to the base of the tree (ie. roots) you should be fine. I would still follow my procedure of rinsing, then boiling, then microwaving...but I'm paranoid.

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sweet i get to boiling and baking then!!!
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If the leaves fell AFTER the fertilizer was applied, they may be okay but I would leach them in a bucket of water first just to be safe. I would also make sure that your neighbor applied ONLY fertilizer and that it didn't have a preemergent or anything like that mixed in. I prefer to use only leaves where no lawn chemicals are used at all. You should also find out what pesticides have been used over the past couple of years. Some of them can persist in the soil and get recycled through the plants for a considerable amount of time. Better to be safe than sorry.
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I was a certified applicator for pesticides and there would be no preemergant for fertilizing a tree.It would be used in cases of weeds or plants not wanting to sprout back up. Boil the leaves and let dry.You should be good.
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I was a certified applicator for pesticides and there would be no preemergant for fertilizing a tree.It would be used in cases of weeds or plants not wanting to sprout back up. Boil the leaves and let dry.You should be good.
Good point. I was thinking more along the lines of the tree being fertilized in conjunction with a lawn application. The point being to make sure to get specifics from the neighbor about what was actually applied. The list of pesticides that are listed as safe for the environment but that are showing adverse effects on amphibians is growing. I like to err on the side of caution.
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thank you for the advice everyone


i boiled them for 45 min the baked them dry then for another 45 min

that should get everything out of them if anything was there! i talked to them again and they only used the fertilizer once so i dont think it would have gotten into the leaves at high concentrations if any at all.
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national forests, sanctuaries, etc are good places to look and almost never have poisons or fertilizers sprayed. it may be illegal to collect anything without a permit (usually around $5) but you are unlikely to get stopped by anyone for taking a few bags of leaves. i personally have never lived farther than about 1 hr from such a location, and Orlando is certain to have some very close.
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[QUOTE=SamsonsFrogs;346843]I was a certified applicator for pesticides and there would be no preemergant for fertilizing a tree.QUOTE]

But there may be preemergents used on the lawn under the tree.
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