New Orleans Mulch??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bugspit, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 769

    Someone might have already posted this :confused: I didn't bother with a search.

    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 cou ntry 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.
    http://www.agctr.lsu.edu/en/environment/insects/Termites/formosan_termites/
     
  2. Burch's Lawn Care  LLC

    Burch's Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    just got this email today
     
  3. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    Might want to check to see how accurate this is????
    Sounds like it's a fish story.
     
  4. ynvvbr

    ynvvbr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    Dept of Ag. was on today for the Fed and Louisana and said all trees in NEw Orleans and hurricane areas where the trees have been chipped up have been quarintined to avoid such a scare. This was doen imeediately after clean-ups started.
     
  5. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. CBB

    CBB LawnSite Member
    from MS/LA
    Posts: 147

    I am from New Orleans area and have heard no such story about selling off debris as mulch. There are always a lot of possiblilities out there. The last I have heard is that they were shipping a lot of the debris to China for their paper industry. Will it be showing up in the local Home Depot? I don't think that would be my concern.
     

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