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All About Mulches

                Mulches aid in retaining soil moisture and reducing weeding chores. Over the years organically-based mulches gradually improve garden soils. Organic mulches are basically recycled bark, branches, twigs and leaves (including needles). Frequently they are organic by-products from the logging industry. Grass clippings and straw are also mulch sources. Hay is usually  full […]

Protect Autos and Home Siding From Artillery Fungus

Artillery fungus (Sphaerobolus stellatus) deposits small tar-like specks on the siding of your house or on your car finish in early spring or fall. Artillery fungus is a wood-rotting organism living in the mulch around your home foundation. The fungus shoots its sticky, black spore masses as far as 20 feet out away. The tar spots adhere […]

Mulching- Not Always a Good Practice

A generation of gardeners have extolled the benefits of mulching around trees and flower beds. Sometimes, mulching is not a good practice. Often, a heavy clay soil retains too much moisture over the winter months. Some dryland perennials, such as cheddar pinks (dianthus), euphorbia, and delospermum, prefer dry to moderately wet winter soils. Amending with […]