I've just cut down two large sycamores (Acer pseudoplatanus), leaving me with a considerable quantity of logs to use for other projects.

How soon can I use these logs for building, for example, a compost enclosure or trellis, without risk of them sprouting?

(Location: Western Europe, height of spring)

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I cut down a small American sycamore , butt end 8 in. diameter . I laid it on soil at the edge of a garden and it never sprouted.

  • This is Acer pseudoplatanus, the American sycamore is Platanus occidentalis, I'm not sure they're comparable
    – Separatrix
    May 4, 2020 at 7:33

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