Leaves. The Best Compost/Mulch

If you are doing this (see photo above) you should reconsider. Why? 1. The bags (which you fetched and paid for) are made from oil, which along with the contents, are then often added to the landfill. We will eventually runout of dumping space; many eastern states already have. 2. The best bed cover for your plants is NOT the bagged or bulked mulch (again, that you fetch and pay for at the garden center or elsewhere) but rather shredded leaves (black walnut being an obvious exception). There is no natural example of shredded wood/bark (that is what mulch is), and certainly not the dyed version. The natural way is your own, and maybe your neighbor's, shredded leaves. Simply set the m

Rant of the Month

Unfortunately, most people know little about gardening and environmental issues including many "professionals" employed to choose, install and maintain plants and design landscapes. This page highlights specific issues with commentary on remedy or recommendation for course of action. Examples are numerous and easy to find -- rarely requiring me to travel far from home.  Hopefully, these postings will make the task of finding examples more difficult.  I will occasionally also post outstanding and approved examples in an effort to educate.