September 16, 2007 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will stop selling cypress mulch from Louisiana, where environmentalists say the logging of the tree threatens the coast's eroding wetlands and puts the state at greater risk from hurricanes. Wal-Mart will refuse to buy cypress mulch harvested, bagged or manufactured in Louisiana "to extend the life span of the coastal wetland forests," spokeswoman Tara Raddohl said. Bentonville, Ark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2007 |
For months, mammoth grinders have been busily chewing up what little remains of the old El Toro Marine base. But instead of trucking tons of wood and glass from hangars and barracks to the county landfill, Irvine-based Tierra Verde Industries is in the midst of an extraordinary recycling project: reducing 300,000 tons of Marine history to mulch and topsoil.
HOME & GARDEN
May 3, 2007 |
THOSE late April rains were a pleasant surprise, but from now until autumn, gardeners need to stay focused on irrigation. There are still a few things you can plant this month, but save any big jobs until after mid-October when the better, and -- one hopes -- wetter, fall planting season begins. Jungle gardening The rapidly warming weather makes this a good time to plant subtropicals such as hibiscus and bougainvillea, or gingers and bananas.
January 15, 2007 |
From a distance, the 70-foot-high stack looks like a volcano in the mist. Up close, it's nothing more than a smoldering mountain of densely packed mulch, a local eyesore that caught fire here Christmas Day and is still burning. For weeks, local and state officials bickered over who would pay to put out the flames. Residents, fed up with the smoke and ash, appeared at a City Council meeting in gas masks to protest the delay.
March 19, 2006 |
The termites are coming! The termites are coming! But they aren't coming in mulch harvested from trees downed by Katrina in the Gulf Coast region. They come every spring. In what may be the greatest e-mail hoax since one involving the supposed sale of a Mrs. Fields cookie recipe, e-rumors have been flying about termite-infested mulch being shipped to big-box stores nationwide. The e-mail -- origins unknown -- warns: "Be very careful about buying mulch this year.
August 28, 2005 |
A man with a leaf in his head watches an indefatigable gull dropping a piss-clam on the rocks to break it open. Repeat. Repeat. He is an inlander who loves the margins of the sea, and everywhere he goes he carries a bag of earth on his back. Why is he down in the tide marsh? Why is he gathering salt hay in bushel baskets crammed to his chin? "It is a blue and northern air," he says, as if the shiftings of the sky had taught him husbandry.