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    Full page ad in USA TODAY about cypress mulch

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    What do think about their position about not buying cyress mulch ?

    What kind of mulch do you have around your house ?
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    I use only aged natural dark mulch. I don't believe in putting wood chips with dye in my yard. ....and I can't stand red mulch!!! It is one of the worst things every made.
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    I get free cedar mulch from the county mulching yard.

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    Not having done any research on this matter and having never even seen cypress mulch, I would assume that cypress mulch is likely a by-product of harvesting cypress. My family raises sugar cane in southwest Louisiana. Every seven to ten years a small percentage of the cypress trees in the swamp are harvested by a lumber company.

    There is also a small, but steady business in harvesting fallen cypress trees from swamps and waterways. There are even specialized boats for doing it. Once sunken under the water, cypress doesn't rot. Logs can be submerged for many years and still be harvestable.

    While you might chew up softwood pine for paper, pulp and so on, I don't see companies using cypress (a good, durable and weather-resistant wood) just to make mulch.

    We have a cypress bench that was taken from a razed plantation house. The cypress was cut into wood before the Civil War, and, despite being in the salt air and weathering a dozen or so hurricanes, that bench is a sturdy as the day my grandfather made it back in the 1950's.

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    All mulch used, should be derived from native plant material in the area.

    Its simple really!

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    I tend to think Otterpop is correct. The cypress are not being taken down to make mulch, but the leftover material from cutting the wood makes good mulch material. (Of course, not as good as the mulch you get from ginding up an old growth redwood .)
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    I'm a regular lurker here but have never posted...you all might want to check out this new video regarding cypress mulch that I received an email about today. Apparently, the cypress mulch is extremely harmful to the environment.

    The video is from a group called the Gulf Restoration Network:

    http://www.healthygulf.org

    Thoughts???

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    cardinal and otterpop.

    I understand your disbelief and thought process of how plain old stupid it would be to clear cut cypress trees for mulch but Wal-Mart, Lowe's and Home Depot are doing just that!!!

    The mulch used to be a byproduct of milling operations but that is ancient history.
    A simple google search will show you that this is a real problem and a completely unsustainable industry.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=save+our+cypress

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    Wow! That is a pretty cheesed video... Since when are black bears endangered, and bald eagles, well they are doing very well right now. And Ivory Billed Woodpeckers, well they were thought to have been a thing of the past, and that probably has less to do with logging of smaller cypress trees. It's awesome to hear signs that they are still around in small pockets. That said I think the video makes a point that is factual, in that these trees are being cut down for mulch, which is silly when you think about all the options there are for mulch. Why not use a by product that works just as well or better?

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    I use pine straw, fallen from the pine trees in my yard. It's only good for a year, but it's readily available and free!

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    Use mulch from material that is indigenous to your specific area, its simple really.

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    Here in the desert we mulch with crushed rock. It lasts forever. The indigenous plant material doesn't have much biomass!
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