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Cypress mulch

  • Subject: [cg] Cypress mulch
  • From: Julie Samuels <jsamuels@openlands.org>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 12:51:56 -0500

I learned from a great exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago, that
entire Cypress Swamps and their ecosystems are destroyed for the sole
purpose of packaging  and stacking   plastic bags of cypress wood chips in
corner gas stations to be used in generally lifeless urban gardens, and for
the horrific "volcano" mulching of trees (an epidemic in chicago)  Please
don't contribute to the demise of this fragile ecosystem for purely
asthetic, and otherwise unsound landscaping purposes.  There are many
natural mulches including cocoa bean hulls, coffee grounds, wood chips from
local landscapers, etc. etc. that actually recycle local green wastes and
don't destroy the environment.
Julie Samuels 

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  1. Re: anthills and mulch (lisa vandyke)


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From: "lisa vandyke" <vandykelisa@hotmail.com>
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Cc: susanreich@interaccess.com
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 16:45:32 -0500
Subject: [cg] Re: anthills and mulch

Hi there,
I second the boiling water idea, works great on annual weeds in tough 
places, too (rock mulch, path ways, bricked areas, side walks). Trouble is 
with ants, you will never be rid of them. I have just allowed them to nest 
where they want. The nests tend to move around a bit.
As far as cypress, it seems a rather pricey way to go,but more importantly 
it will rob the soil of nitrogen as it breaks down. May I suggest oak 
leaves, straw, aged wood chips or pine bark?
good luck, Lisa at the Hare's Breath in Mpls.

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