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By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Please settle an argument. You say to spread no more than 1-2 inches of mulch around a tree. Since mulch holds moisture in soil, isn't more mulch even better? Seems logical - but more isn't always better in this case. Mulch does shade soil and slow evaporation by about 25 percent. When mulch gets too deep, however, tree roots will begin to grow into the mulch seeking moisture. This happens partly because in a light rain mulch gets moist, but the water never trickles down past the mulch.
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NEWS
May 8, 2014
If you're not paying attention, the notion of a community group coming out against mulching facilities in eco-friendly Howard County might have you scratching your head. What appears to have started innocently last summer during the comprehensive zoning process to allow mulching facilities, sawmills and firewood processing facilities on agriculturally preserved land as a way of helping farming ended up leaving a gaping loophole, residents have said. And while any mulching facility is considered a conditional use, meaning it would have to be approved by a hearing examiner, a residents' group worries that the new regulations don't specifically limit the size of these facilities.
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NEWS
March 8, 2012
It is encouraging to see Baltimore making an effort to save our mature trees as well as aggressively plant new ones ("Speak for the trees," March 2). Unfortunately, many new trees are sabotaged from the start by the mounds of mulch that are piled around them. Horticulturists - including the horticulturist at the U.S. National Arboretum - have written about this practice and have tried to explain how harmful it is, but landscapers persist in it, and no one seems to view it as a problem.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
On March 22, the St. Mary of the Mills Youth Group held its annual mulch sale delivery. This helps to raise funds for their summer excursion to Georgia this year. They hoped to add $1,500 to the coffers. I was asked by Paul Devine (the church's youth minister) to help organize the offloading and delivery of the mulch. So, I contacted a few fine fellows I know to assist me and I wanted to thank them for their help. First I want to thank Mr. Richard Kluckhuhn of Laurel Fuel Oil & Heating Co. who quickly volunteered to provide a heavy-duty forklift and offloaded the 7-foot-high pallets of mulch from off the 53-foot trailer himself at 6 a.m. that morning.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali and Jon Traunfeld and Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2009
Question: Did shredded oak leaves make my lawn acidic? I use a mulching mower on leaves, but this year I had to apply lime on my lawn to raise pH because it had become so acidic. Can I only put oak leaves on acid-loving plants like azaleas? Aren't pine needles acidic, too? Answer: This is a persistent myth. Oak leaves — and pine needles — decompose to about neutral pH. They won't make your soil acidic. (Maryland soils tend toward an acid pH naturally.
NEWS
January 30, 1994
Harford countians have recycled 20,500 Christmas trees this year, more than twice the number collected in the countywide program last year.County officials credited curbside recycling and haulers, who advertised free pickup days, for the success of the program in its fifth year.The recycled trees are ground into mulch, which is available year-round to county residents at the Harford Waste Disposal Center in Street.In exchange for the trees, residents receive a coupon redeemable for a free evergreen seedling.
NEWS
January 6, 1991
The city's Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Carroll County Department of Natural Resource Protection, will be grindingChristmas trees into mulch from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the city-owned vacant lot behind the city Maintenance Shop at Tuc Roadand Locust Street.Residents are requested to drop off their trees during those hours tomorrow. Christmas trees should be stripped of all ornaments and decorations, including tinsel and icicles.The mulch from the trees will be used for public purposes.
FEATURES
August 9, 1998
Q. A really disgusting, yellow and brown gelatinous mass is growing on the mulch in my flower beds. Is the mulch contaminated with something? It doesn't smell bad, but I'm afraid to touch it.A. You've described a slime mold known as "dog vomit fungus." Many different kinds of mushrooms and unusual-looking fungi will grow in mulch, especially when rainfall and humidity are high. Your mulch is not contaminated; the spores of these fungi are naturally occurring. Your unsightly problem poses no health hazard.
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By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2010
The city's public works department will turn residents' old Christmas trees into mulch for the entire month of January at two locations in Baltimore. Residents can take their trees to drop-off locations at 2840 Sisson Street and 701 Reedbird Avenue in Middle Branch/Reedbird Parks between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. If residents bring their own bags or containers, they can take away mulch for personal use in their gardens, city officials said. Trees will also be picked up by public works employees between Jan. 4 and Jan. 28. The department will pick up trees on regularly scheduled trash days, and residents should place the trees where they normally place their trash for pick-up.
NEWS
January 3, 1992
There is an easy way to discard a Christmas tree -- just throw it out with the rest of the trash. But thousands of Marylanders recycle their trees. Baltimore County, Anne Arundel, Harford and Carroll counties reward their trouble by giving a coupon redeemable for a free evergreen seedling in the spring. Cash-strapped Baltimore city gives free mulch in exchange -- as long as the recycling family brings its own container.We enthusiastically support this recycling program. Taking the tree to a mulching site is no pain.
NEWS
January 24, 2014
A proposal to use preserved agricultural land for mulching and composting  at first glance appears not unreasonable. Until you hear the details. These details include large, loud diesel trucks  coming down rural residential roads every few minutes from dawn until dusk, dumping loads of debris with the noise from their clanging metal gates echoing through the countryside. These details also include the continual operation of large, loud diesel equipment on site to process these dumped loads.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Sick of the holidays? Santa didn't bring what you wanted? Or maybe you are just looking to spruce up the garden? Send your Christmas tree to the wood chipper. Christmas tree disposal began as early as Thursday and continues into January around the region. Residents are asked to remove all decorations, ornament hooks and other trimmings before disposing of trees. In some cases, the trees can be chipped into mulch that, come spring, can help green flower beds at government buildings or even residents' homes.
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By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com | December 26, 2013
Howard County is offering a free tree-recycling program for residents looking to dispose of their Christmas trees in an eco-friendly manner this holiday season. The "Merry Mulch" Christmas tree recycling program, run by the county since 1993, has sent thousands of trees to a compost facility, where they are recycled into compost and mulch. From Thursday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, Howard County residents can drop off their Christmas trees seven days a week, between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at one of the sites listed below.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Do I have to cut up fallen leaves with a mower before I use them as mulch? I don't have a mulching mower. No, you don't. In fact, many beneficial insects overwinter in leaf litter. You'll notice that no one chops up the fallen leaves in a woods, yet the layer of leaves decomposes before the next autumn. You can also chop with a regular lawn mower. How late can I put down fertilizer? The latest is Nov. 15, according to the new Maryland law. Generally, fertilizer is applied twice in the fall, 0.9 poundsb of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet each time in September and October.
BUSINESS
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
How should I mulch a vegetable garden? Do I need to mulch all of it? Anywhere you don't want weeds will require mulch. Mulch helps retain moisture and moderate soil temperatures, but weed suppression is the No. 1 goal because weeds steal water, nutrients and sunlight from vegetables. Organic mulches of mowed leaves or straw with three to four layers of newspaper underneath make an impenetrable barrier to weeds while allowing rain to soak through. These will last the growing season and decompose over the winter, feeding the soil.
EXPLORE
May 15, 2013
Members of the Homeschool Heart in Hand 4-H Club met May 8 for their annual work day at Black Horse Fire Station and McKendree Cemetery in Black Horse, MD. Members created a new flower bed at Black Horse Station and pruned bushes and trees, planted flowers, weeded and mulched the finished beds at McKendree Cemetery. The club wishes to thank Smith Hardware, Jarrettsville for its donation of flowers and A.D. Heston Tree Service and Mulch of Street for its donation of mulch.
FEATURES
By TAMIA KARPELES | October 13, 1991
My husband and I have leaves.Actually what we have are oak trees, lots of them, and with oak trees come leaves, unless the gypsy moths have eaten them all right down to skeletons; and after a season or two of that, you needn't worry about your oak trees any more.But the county, bless it, sprayed our trees back in May when the gypsy moths were still tiny obnoxious worms dropping down our shirts and into our potato salad out at the picnic table. I'm not a big fan of chemical pesticides, but on the morning the helicopter passed back and forth over our trees spraying Dimilin, I stood in the sun room with the cats and the elderly hound, cheering its progress.
NEWS
April 2, 2014
On March 22, the St. Mary of the Mills Youth Group held its annual mulch sale delivery. This helps to raise funds for their summer excursion to Georgia this year. They hoped to add $1,500 to the coffers. I was asked by Paul Devine (the church's youth minister) to help organize the offloading and delivery of the mulch. So, I contacted a few fine fellows I know to assist me and I wanted to thank them for their help. First I want to thank Mr. Richard Kluckhuhn of Laurel Fuel Oil & Heating Co. who quickly volunteered to provide a heavy-duty forklift and offloaded the 7-foot-high pallets of mulch from off the 53-foot trailer himself at 6 a.m. that morning.
EXPLORE
April 17, 2013
Thank you to all of Catonsville for helping make the 12th annual Catonsville Middle School fundraiser a success. It was a success, thanks to support from the community and a core group of dedicated volunteers, some who have children in the school but many who do not. Local businesses donating manpower and equipment is the backbone of this operation. The volunteers would not have moved 14 tractor-trailers worth of mulch without their support. We would like to thank the following businesses: John Giles of Knockorp, ABC Rentals, Wall to Wall construction/remodeling, 21st Century Solar and Electricity, Build Source, Woodland Landscaping, NDX and Enterprise Rentals.
FEATURES
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Please settle an argument. You say to spread no more than 1-2 inches of mulch around a tree. Since mulch holds moisture in soil, isn't more mulch even better? Seems logical - but more isn't always better in this case. Mulch does shade soil and slow evaporation by about 25 percent. When mulch gets too deep, however, tree roots will begin to grow into the mulch seeking moisture. This happens partly because in a light rain mulch gets moist, but the water never trickles down past the mulch.
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