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Too ‘mulch’ of a good thing isn’t healthy

Tree health problems might erupt from mulch ‘volcanoes’

There’s a long list of good reasons to mulch newly planted trees and shrubs: Mulch conserves soil moisture, moderates soil temperature and keeps weeds and grass from encroaching.

“However, as with most cultural practices, too much of a good thing can have negative effects,” said University of Missouri horticulturist Chris Starbuck. “In many cases, the mulch is simply piled up around the

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