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Re: Cocoa bean mulch & pets

Sphagnum Peat is a soil amendment, not a mulch.  It comes in compressed bales 
that should be moistened before incorporating into the soil.  It adds humus to 
the soil and helps acidify it.  Some people have been known to try to use it as 
a mulch, but it crusts over and prevents moisture from entering the soil below. 
Not a good thing.  

> Good info Theresa - thanks.  I use cedar mulch, but others might use this!
> ---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
> From: TeichFlora@aol.com
> Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date:  Wed, 30 Jul 2003 06:36:37 EDT
> >Got this in a recent email.....thought it might be of interest to some pet 
> >owners:
> >
> >An e-mail rumor/urban legend has resurfaced warning pet owners to avoid 
> >using cocoa beans as mulch. This rumor, apparently, has teeth. Although 
> >incidences of poisoning are infrequent, they do exist. The fatal ingredient 
> >in the mulch is theobromine. Actually, theobromine is found in the cocoa 
> >bean, but enough leaches into the shell to cause problems. Most pets do not 
> >ingest enough to be harmed, but some love the taste and eat enough to kill 
> >them. There are several vet sites online discussing the issue. Here are a 
> >couple: http://www.parkvets.com/clientinformation-cocoamulch.html , 
> ><A
> >HREF="http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/radio/more/qa_071503.html";>
> >
> >    http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/radio/more/qa_071503.html</A>
> >
> >
> >
> >Noreen
> >zone 9
> >Texas Gulf Coast
> >
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