Knowing about your mulches

• 67 percent of the cases came from dogs in California

What does this mean for consumers? Well, if you own a dog you probably should not use cocoa shell mulch. Even if you have a discerning dog that turns his nose up to most doggy delicacies, you never know if he will find this potentially dangerous mulch to be a tasty treat! If you are not a pet owner, cocoa mulch is a great, environmentally-friendly organic mulch for your gardens!

Anne Lenox Barlow works at Campbell's Greenhouse in Saranac and has had experience in the agricultural field as a horticulture educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Clinton County. She can be reached by e-mail at a.lennox.barlow@gmail.com.

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