Mulching & Black is Better, Not

The use of shredded wood mulch, while wide spread, is fairly recent in origin, and there is no natural equivalent to this covering of shredded wood. Why mulch? To insulate, to prevent water loss, to inhibit seed germination and the growth of unwanted weeds (by blocking light to the soil), but by far the most common purpose it simply decoration. It looks pretty. Frequently this shredded wood mulch is dyed (either red or black) but more commonly black. Use of black dyed mulch is not recommended as it can stain concrete (or carpeting if tracked indoors) and because the dye used to color the shredded wood is sometimes a preservative or chemical bidding agent and often an industrial by-produc

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.