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From UMass:  Avoid mulch volcanoes! If mulch is applied in excess or carelessly problems can occur which include:
Mulch piled near the base of trees or shrubs can lead to increased moisture near the plant. This can lead to anaerobic conditions and rot.  With the occurrence of rot insect, fungi, and disease pressure increases.
Secondary root formation can occur because thick mulch retains moisture. These roots can slowly girdle the tree if not carefully removed.
Retained moisture in mulch can also mean that less water reaches the soil, decreasing soil moisture and increasing plant stress.
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From Umass:  With the arrival of spring weather it’s important to think about the dos and don’ts of mulching. Mulch should be applied no more than 2-4” deep and should be kept away from the base of plants. Avoid spreading mulch over newly emerging perennials.
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Because past environmental destruction was the result of ignorance, we can easily forgive it. Today, we are better informed. Therefore, it’s essential that we make an ethical examination of what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Ours is clearly a pivotal generation. We have global communication and yet confrontation is more common than dialogue.
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Good old soapy water...
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Think collaboration instead of competition.
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