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On side of a beer bottled we have a warning from Surgeon General warning us not to operate automotive vehicles or heavy equipment and goes on to say that alcohol could cause health problems. Have you ever seen such a warning on a bag of mulch or invoice you pay that nice young man from? While there is such a thing as natural death among plants, death without explanation is easily blamed as trees cannot say:
"Hey! I am dying because I cannot breathe anymore because you have put way too much mulch around my trunk!"
Nope, no tree can scream HELP! They can’t tell you I need water, my toes hurt, its hot out here; they are helpless unless we know instinctively problem. They can only get your attention if you WANT to hear what they have to say. Selective listening has serves no purpose when one deals with plants.
Where was I? Oh yes, this yearly freshening of mulch in beds...if you were a tree, you would see instantly why this is not a good thing. Trees have a natural breathing ring (as well as many types of shrubs and other woody plants) that develops right at point of their trunk where their "stem" and soil meet originally upon their sprouting.
When you pull a weed, properly extracting it from soil, it is going to deposit dirt on top of mulch. The more soil that is mixed with wood mulch, faster it will decompose and return to its’ previous state as soil. Remember what comes from soil returns to soil; it is a natural revolution no one can prevent.
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Raised by a highly respected & successful landscape contractor in the metro Detroit area, Clayton wanted a career in anything but landscaping! Now an award-winning landscape designer, Clayton runs Flowerville Farms, a mail-order nursery in Michigan. Read more at LostInTheFlowers.com.