Let’s end this deadly decorative fad that has swept the landscaping industry.

mulchvolcanoOriginal Photo from Madison Tree Care


In May 2015, Sustainable Saratoga sent out an e-blast with our first-ever Forestry Tip, “Mulch Volcanoes Kill Trees – Let’s end their use in Saratoga.” In Spring 2016, some concerned citizen(s)—as yet unidentified—started putting out lawn signs to shed light on the “mulch volcano” problem. DPW Commissioner Scirocco has put this issue on his agenda for Aug 16, 2016.

This web page summarizes Sustainable Saratoga’s current research into this deadly practice, a fad that puts decorative tidiness above the well-being of our trees. Trees are a major investment in Saratoga’s infrastructure that will “pay us back” if we let them survive and thrive. Let’s stop killing them.

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Don’t take Sustainable Saratoga’s word for it. Tree experts from Cornell, from across New York State, and from around the country have condemned “mulch volcanoes” as extremely harmful to the health of trees.

Check out these links for more details about how “mulch volcanoes” kill.

YOU CAN HELP. HELP SPREAD THE WORD. Share this information widely. Share it with friends and neighbors. With your landlord. With fellow condo owners. With businesses you patronize. With anyone who has responsibility for maintaining commercial properties where “mulch volcanoes” are killing trees.

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August 15th, 2016|News|