AT DC: Too Much Mulch?

The Washington Post 6.5.08

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Mulch much? The Washington Post featured a story on the overuse of mulch in the U.S.

Apparently, Americans now use about 40 million cubic yards of it a year (estimated by the Mulch and Soil Council) and there is controversy over which type is best: synthetic or organic, pine or hardwood bark, cedar or redwood.

Some environmental groups are trying to halt the use of mulch because of the over clearing of forests and the negative effects of synthetic mulch, which can raise soil temperature...

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Historically, Americans did not use mulch, for example, mulch is not mentioned in old gardening books like Robert Cridland's Practical Landscape Gardening (published in 1916). Later gardening books do recommend using mulch to protect feeble plants or for controlling weeds and moisture.

We're not fans of mulch but, to be fair, we have no use for it on our small urban balcony.

Do you use mulch? What's your preferred type?

- Rachael Grad

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