• Fake News [was: "You Should Never Pile Mulch Around A Tree In Your Yard

    From David E. Ross@21:1/5 to All on Sun Jul 5 07:58:20 2020
    At Yahoo news, an article had the headline "You Should Never Pile Mulch
    Around A Tree In Your Yard". The article links to another one at
    Women's Health, but that one does not have the same headline

    The Yahoo headline is an alarmist generalization. If followed, it might
    mean the loss of some trees. Western oaks -- especially the valley
    white oak (Quercus lobata) and the coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia) --
    need a thick mulch of leaves across their entire root zone. These trees
    are adapted to a climate where significant rain falls only for a few
    months in the winter. Without a thick mulch, the soil in which they
    grow will get too hot and dry in the summer.

    Of course, Yahoo's Web site provides NO method for reporting problems
    with its news articles.

    David E. Ross
    Climate: California Mediterranean, see <http://www.rossde.com/garden/climate.html>
    Gardening diary at <http://www.rossde.com/garden/diary>

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