Choose mulch carefully and your plants will thank you

St. Petersburg Times –
Published October 19, 2007


At the beginning of the column I mentioned an article about mulch I
recently read. It didn’t cover new material but did remind me why I no
longer use cypress mulch in my yard. Cypress trees, obviously, are
harvested to make cypress mulch. These trees are not farmed for this
purpose. They are naturally occurring trees. That means their numbers
are dwindling because of this harvesting.

The issue gets
complicated because harvesting cypress trees provides income for some
Florida families and there are politics involved. I just keep it simple
for myself and don’t use cypress mulch. If you would like to educate
yourself on the topic so you can make an informed decision, visit the
Web site of the Gulf Restoration Network at


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