Does the mulch we buy in stores come from virgin forests, tree farms, or (hopefully) from the leftover materials used in building, harvesting, pruning, etc?



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    A variety of materials are used as mulch:

    Organic residues: grass clippings, leaves, hay, straw, comfrey, shredded bark, Shredded Sugar Cane waste, whole bark nuggets, sawdust, shells, wood chips, shredded newspaper, cardboard, wool, but also manure (cow), etc. Many of these materials also act as a direct composting system, such as the mulched clippings of a mulching lawn mower, or other organics applied as sheet composting.

    -Crushed stone mulchCompost: This should be fully composted material to avoid possible phytotoxicity problems, and the weed seed must have been eliminated, otherwise the mulch will actually produce weed cover.
    Rubber mulch: made from recycled tire rubber.
    -Plastic mulch: crops grow through slits or holes in thin plastic sheeting. This method is predominant in large-scale vegetable growing, with millions of acres cultivated under plastic mulch worldwide each year (disposal of plastic mulch is cited as an environmental problem).
    -Rock and gravel can also be used as a mulch. In cooler climates the heat retained by rocks may extend the growing season.

    Commonly available organic mulches include:[1]

    -Leaves from deciduous trees, which drop their foliage in the fall.
    -Grass clippings, from mowed lawns are sometimes collected and used elsewhere as mulch.
    -Wood chips, are a byproduct of the pruning of trees by arborists, utilities and parks; they are used to dispose of bulky waste.

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    If you ever see cypress mulch in stores don’t buy it! Loggers are clear cutting old growth cypress trees and new growth and making them into garden mulch. They sell them to Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe’s. They say they are rot resistant, they don’t float (all mulches don’t float and are rot and insect resistant)! Cypress trees are the gulf states best natural defense against hurricanes, they are home to many endangered species, such as the white billed wood pecker, and the black bear. They also provide a resting place for migratory birds coming up from the south. Without cypress trees Louisiana and the rest of the gulf states wouldn’t survive as well!

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