Volcano Mulching, Again

I have said it before and will again and again, one of the most common bad landscaping practices is volcano mulching. Whether or not you like the look is an opinion. That it is a bad (for the plant) gardening method is FACT. My very first posted rant (August 2016) was on this, and I will continue to decry the practice. But, people are hard-headed and tradition bound--monkey see, monkey do. "It is a free country and I'll do what I want with my property and plant." True enough, but you are jeopardizing the health and long-term prospect of your investment by doing so. It is especially ridiculous when a landscape "professional" does it, and they commonly do.

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.