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  •  I'm a ways northeast of you in the Southern (4+ / 0-)
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    NoMoreLies, Aunt Pat, cantelow, texasmom

    Plains.  Yes, those plants that you mention are all good standards.  I'm sure that we have lots of similar problems, but it's really been worse up here than most of Texas this last year and my area is going into the sixth month of extraordinary drought.  We've even gotten a little less rain than most of the larger area that's also in extraordinary drought which is pretty depressing.  I think that they need to add another top level, like really, really extraordinary. :)

    It's interesting that you mention the mulch since that has been a major headache the last year.  I'm no longer able to find decent bark mulch at all in the area.  It's just been in the last couple of years that the bagged bark mulch from several brands has become crap with half of it being residue, twigs, and chunks of limbs; I even found a flattened soft drink can in a bag.  No nurseries carry it and the only sources of bulk nuggets are 150 miles.

    I could do a long rant on so many gardening products whose prices have increased and the quality deteriorated.
    One of the problems of living in a smaller town without any major cities close, though I suspect many of the problems I'm encountering are becoming increasingly widespread.

    More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

    by blueoasis on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:51:53 PM PST

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    •  The quality of mulch (2+ / 0-)
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      has become more degraded here as well, despite ready access to many ground wood products. Good bulk mulch is expensive, and companies that produce mulch have taken to grinding up any old lumber and scrap wood they get their hands on, which might include treated wood, pallets and other nasty products.

      Ironically, the least contaminated mulch might be ground up wood chips from the local tree service, or from your town or village if they pick up and chip brush for residents.

      Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

      by NoMoreLies on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:57:29 PM PST

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      •  I think it's similar to whatever it is that is (1+ / 0-)
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        labeled "compost" today.

        The town is thankfully still doing a limited mulching when the equipment is working and the employees have the free time.  Unfortunately the site where they used to unload mulch also allows anyone to toss limbs and such on top of the very roughly ground mulch and it's all a mess.  There's really no planning or oversight and hardly anyone here thinks such things are serious.  I haven't checked in several years now, but even if I could get to some of the chunky stuff, I'm somewhat leary about introducing diseases into my yard, but then I suppose the risk isn't any greater than with any other source.

        More: Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King's command make it round? And if it is round, will the King's command flatten it?

        by blueoasis on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 02:29:39 PM PST

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