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Hurricane Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by KCLandscape, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    Anyone have any more info on this??

    I came across this on the Better Homes and Gardens discussion site and thought anyone with trees or flowerbeds should be aware of this.

    If you use mulch around your house be very careful about buying mulch this year. After the hurricane in New Orleans many trees were blown over. These trees were then turned into mulch and the state is trying to get rid of tons and tons of this mulch to any state or company who will come and haul it away. So it will be showing up in Home Depot and Lowes at dirt cheap prices with one huge problem; Formosan Termites will be the bonus in many of those bags. New Orleans is one of the few areas in the country were the Formosan Termites has gotten a strong hold and most of the trees blown down were already badly infested with those termites. Now we may have the worst case of transporting a problem to all parts of the country that we have ever had. These termites can eat a house in no time at all and we have no good control against them, so tell your friends that own homes to avoid cheap mulch and know were it came from.

    Here's the link:
    Click here: LSU AgCenter . Formosan Subterranean Termites Portal

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    yeah what fun lets make a big problem worse roll out the red carpet for the little buggers to eat your house
  3. auhanson

    auhanson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

  4. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    I got an email about it this morning from a friend of mine.I plan on passing along the info to all of my customers to let them know not to buy it...who knows I may pick up a little extra work by spreading the word to them.
  5. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 631

    Also where do you think the sewage went we had crews in New Orleans. A friend has 2 Hogzilla grinders there. It was nasty stuff. I've only heard of one place so far in K.C. with it.
  6. rick w

    rick w LawnSite Member
    from 8
    Posts: 11

    State Farm has sent a email to all employees and agents about this potentual problem hoping that everyone will be aware of the this.
  7. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    Do you really think the companies that supply home depot and lowes are going to use this crap? They have standards too. Every time I get that mulch it is the same material. Why would they risk their reps trying to save a buck? The supply yards would be the ones to worry about.

    Isn't cypress and cedar mulch naturally resistant to insects anyway?
  8. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

  9. AUHort1990

    AUHort1990 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 137

    Buy certified mulch. I got this as an attachment in an email from the Southern Nursery Association.


  10. AUHort1990

    AUHort1990 LawnSite Member
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