Ten Commandments of Mulch
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Question. I really enjoy your show and wanted to know if you could suggest a brand of mulch that's naturally black in color. The mulch I've purchased in the past starts out black,but turns brown. Thanks,
- ---Kimberly in Wilmington, Delaware.
Following your advice, I called a nursery about getting leaf compost to use instead of mulch. They couldn't understand why we wouldn't want to use mulch. They said compost would burn the trees because it was too acidic. They also said if it's used in the right amount and isn't moist, wood mulch works perfectly and has never caused a problem. Isthis true? I would like to use compost, but I'm discouraged by what the nursery is saying.
- ---Lisa In Merchant ville, NJ
Dear Mike: I'm seeing a lot of shredded, dyed rubber mulch made from used car tires in home stores. My brother in Hollywood, FL, has started using it, but I don't even like calling it 'mulch'. I only use compost on my garden beds, but my brother likes the quick fix and I'm worried that the rubber mulch will break down and release byproducts that could contaminate the shallow water tables in places like Florida.
- ---Steve in Morris ville, PA
I am looking for the best way to remove shotgun fungus spores from mysiding. I read the articles from Ohio State University, but didn't see any mention of removal strategies. Thank you!
---Barbara in Northern Michigan
Answer. Ah yes, 'tis the season of Mulching Mistakes. Tell you what—I'll answer all those questions andmany more, and sum up everything you need to know about this topic in aseries of tips and treatises we will call: