Two major mulch suppliers (they make their own) in the Knoxville, TN area have said that they will be out of mulch in a few weeks unless they can get some trucked in. Why? Increase in new landscape installs? More people wanting mulch? I don't know why, but it has got me to thinking about mulch. Why do we use it? (correct me or add to it): 1. Mulch provides a protective, moisture retaining barrier around ornamentals and over their roots. 2. Mulch helps to suppress unwanted weed growth. (a proper application of Snapshot helps a lot too) 3. Beautifully shaped, naturally edged mulch beds make for some dandy eye candy. It seems to me that the majority of the LCO's in my area are slinging too much mulch down. I call them the "tower of babel mulchers": no edging; mulch spilling out over hardscapes; lower limbs of ornamental shrubs buried; 3 foot high "volcanoe"tree rings going way too high up the tree bark. Almost every new account I pick up needs major mulch removal and proper edging done to it to achieve good results and maintain my reputation. I have painfully learned to account for this in bidding new accounts. HHHHmmmmmm???? I think I may know where all the mulch is going!