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By Amalie Adler Ascher | January 5, 1991
Mulching can be a tricky business. Like extra amounts of TC pesticides or fertilizer, overdoing a mulch can be too mulch, er, much of a good thing. Some observations on mulching from various sources are worth passing along, especially since the time is at hand.As a summertime measure, mulch laid on flower or shrub beds chokes out weeds, removing them from competition with plants that then can gain full access to the supply of nutrients and water. Mulch holds down the evaporation of moisture from the soil, while keeping it cool and keeping plant roots from overheating.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Staff Writer | November 23, 1992
More than 185 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania threw more than a million gallons of water on a stubborn fire in a huge mulch pile in Harford County Saturday night and yesterday, authorities said.No injuries were reported in the fire in the three-story-high pile covering 2 1/2 acres at Fireside Tom's Forest Products, a nursery and landscaping service on Mountain Road (Route 152) in a rural section of the Joppa area.Route 152 was closed between Joppa Road and Interstate 95 Saturday night and most of the day yesterday.
NEWS
By Staff Report | December 29, 1993
Baltimore City and Baltimore County will pick up discarded Christmas trees in January and offer opportunities for residents to get mulch. County residents will be able to get certificates for pine seedlings.Baltimore City will collect Christmas trees during a two-week period starting Jan. 3. Residents should put the trees with their trash for pickup on regular collection days.On Jan. 8 and 9, trees may be exchanged for mulch between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. at Memorial Stadium or Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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By Susan Reimer | March 31, 2002
By the time you read this, the mulch will have arrived. It will be sitting in a mound in my driveway, filling up my vision, invading my consciousness, calling to me the way the mountain called to Richard Dreyfuss in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Those of you who think you know me will assume this is because I will not be content until every shred of the shredded pine bark mulch is tucked underneath the chin of a perennial. But you would only be half right. For me, mulch signals the change of seasons in the same way that falling leaves or falling snow signals a new season.
FEATURES
May 4, 1997
I have a large yard and want to buy mulch in bulk quantities to save time and money. A neighbor told me that he killed some of his small trees and shrubs by using some bad bulk mulch. How can I be sure this doesn't happen to me?Mulch that is stored in piles over 8 feet tall without sufficient oxygen can "go anaerobic."This means that the mulch is slowly broken down by microbes that do their work in the absence of oxygen. This fermentation process produces methanol, ethanol and alcohol. If placed deeply around trees and shrubs these chemicals can damage your plants by breaking down the chlorophyll in leaves.
NEWS
By Janet Gilbert and Janet Gilbert,Special to The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2009
We at the Janet's World headquarters in Maryland are conducting an experiment with mulch. I'm sure I don't have to convince you to read on, after this compelling topic sentence. Who doesn't love a good essay about mulch? The only thing better would be a scratch-and-sniff essay about mulch. Let's first explore the purpose of mulch. Shredded hardwood mulch is supposed to protect plants and keep weeds down, while giving your flower beds that je ne sais quoi, which is French for "the exact same appearance as all the other suburban yards in your subdivision, and subdivisions across the continental United States."
FEATURES
By MIKE KLINGAMAN | June 8, 1991
Gardeners are like sailors. We all heed wise old proverbs.Gardeners memorize their favorite sayings, such as: Plant the potatoes on St. Patrick's Day for a bumper crop. Or: Sow the carrots when the first maple leaves appear.I do, I do. I follow this hand-me-down garden lore and, generally, I am rewarded for it at harvest time.However, there is one adage I have crossed off my list. It reads: Never apply mulch until the tomato plants blossom.All right, who's the wise guy responsible for that quip?
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Staff Writer | January 2, 1994
Tim Dennison's Christmas tree is drying up, and the needles are falling from its branches. Now that it's a new year, Mr. Dennison said, he's going to do what he has always done with his used tree."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | March 24, 1991
The county is offering some gifts that keep on giving -- that is, ifyou did your part for conservation and recycled that old Christmas tree.Yours for the asking are mulch for your garden to grow in anda pine seedling you can light and decorate in about, oh, 10 years.In January, the county issued about 3,400 claim checks to tree recyclers who turned in their holiday discards for shredding at the Hoods Mill and Northern landfills.In addition, each of the county's eight towns jumped on the recycling wagon.
NEWS
By LAURA VOZZELLA | June 18, 2006
Devra Kitterman, a professional landscaper and Roland Parker, has kindly sent a few gardening tips to her neighbors. Actually, two pages of tips, single-spaced. It's sort of a gentle warning to homeowners, particularly "newcomers to the `hood," who might be tempted to turn their woodsy yards into the "Taco-Bell parking lot-looking, sterile, pro-forma landscapes ... seen in most McMansion developments." OK, maybe it's not that gentle. But for those of us in lowlier ZIPs who'd like to know how the other half plants, here's some of Kitterman's sage advice: "Some newcomers initially are understandably thrilled by the beauty of Roland Park upon first seeing it, [but]
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