Midcoast Green Collaborative Forum

May 27, 2008

Sustainability Post #13 — The downsides of mulch

Filed under: Philosophy — Tags: — Topher @ 8:13 pm

It’s springtime and a young gardeners thoughts turn to mulch. Or so it seems. Landscape design currently seems to think that a garden is a tree or a couple of bushes, maybe some stones, surrounded by an ocean of mulch. Often 6-10″ in thickness.

Trouble is, mulch gives off CO2 as it decomposes. When stacked next to a tree it lets damaging organisms get next to the vulnerable lower bark sections of trees (causing rot). And it keeps plants from growing. You know plants, those things which make a garden beautiful, fragrant, a home for wildlife (and incidentally sequester carbon).

— Topher

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