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We recently bought a home with a large playground set with recycled tire mulch with a landscaping mesh between soil and mulch. Some of the mulch was 5-6" deep when removed. We had hoped to plant fruit trees and a vegetable garden in this site. Is there any harm from the leeching of chemicals from the tires into the soil.

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Carol
Sorry for taking so long to answer, but I think I found you answer. No. There should not be any chemicals that would leach as deep as the tree roots will be. There will not be any trouble with your vegetables either. What small trace of chemicals that tires contain would long be gone (I was told) in two years.
You should feel safe planting your garden.
Richard  

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Been farming in Southern Oregon at 4200 foot elevation for 35 years. Make my own decisions of what crops to plant, what and when to fertilizer, irrigation with sprinklers (hand line and wheelline). Maintain my equipment.

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