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What’s wrong with a mulch volcano?

 by Tim Baker, Northwest Region Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

Recently, I’ve seen several situations where trees are dying, with rotting around the lower trunk. Several things can cause this, including diseases and injury. But sometimes, it’s because the homeowner has created a mulch volcano.

Now mulch, in itself, is a good idea. Mulch keeps weeds down. It reduces water needs by reducing evaporation. And depending on the

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