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We've used it many times with no problems. You are taking a chance though. Not only with poison ivy, but with bugs.

Inspect it as you are loading it into your trailer.
 

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I've found bolts, plastic, a radiator hose....

You just never know what you're going to get. But it's free, so who can complain. Chances are pretty good though that it has plant material that has been treated with herbicide/pesticde.
 

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Good point about keeping it away from the house and the herb/pesticides.

Sweaty, hear are a few more things I've tried that have worked a few times.

Call your local electric company. Sometimes they have crews out trimming branches away from electric lines. After storms they are sometimes out cutting trees. When I called our local elec. comp., the lady said they'd be glad to dump it in my driveway. It saves them the time it would take to drive to their regular dump site.

One time I drove past a crew trimming trees by the streets for the township. I went back and asked them what they were going to do with that load and asked if I could have it. They dumped it in my driveway.

I tried that another time too. But the guy told me they sell them, they had a landscaping business. Oops. :blush: Ya win some, Ya lose some.
 

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Be careful.

I got some of this cheap mulch and it was termite infested.....I later found that a friend of mine had gotten some too, and his batch had termites too.

$1500 later, the termites were gone.....so the "free" mulch wasn't free after all.

I wouldnt be against using it FAR away from a building.
 

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I have used it with zero problems other than an occasional piece of trash. A gardener friend said its likely to have weed seeds in it and he wont use it. My township turns it and whatever - it looks like the same stuff from the guys who specialize in the stuff.
 
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