Living on Earth July 24 2009
Radio Program – More Americans are scrubbing those black crescent moons of soil from under their fingernails. Backyard gardens are making a comeback.
And that means more business at the garden store for soft feathery mulch, much of it made from ground up cypress. Mulch keeps weeds down and the soil moist. But mulch from cypress could have some unintended consequences.
Cypress trees, some of them ancient giants, form an important storm barrier on the Gulf Coast. Now there’s a move to stop the sale of fiber from those trees. From Louisiana, Andrew Stelzer has the story.