Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!: Mulch is our friend!

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Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

By goldfinch4
August 17, 2011

Mulch is a wonderful thing! It keeps plant roots cool, conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, keeps dirt from splashing on your plants when it rains and it looks nice. In areas that receive frost in winter it helps maintain soil temperature, thus preventing frost from heaving plants out of the soil.

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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Aug 18, 2011 9:50 PM CST
Buddy was Border Collie x German Shepard, we loved him so much, he died 4 years ago at the age of 14. All of the pics of him are not digital.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
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fiwit
Aug 18, 2011 10:06 PM CST
Margaret, I'm so sorry for your loss.....

Jamie, I have friends who live outside Ottawa, and have greyhounds. A couple years ago they had tons of snow -- at one point, the dogs could walk up a snowbank and look over the 6ft privacy fence into the neighbor's yard.

When I'm fussing about our stoopid hawt summers, I remember that we make up for it in the winter months (or should I say the "winter weeks" ?)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
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JaeRae
Aug 18, 2011 10:07 PM CST
Wow! That's a smart dawg!!! Hard to be a dawg parent because of the day they have to leave. Thank goodness for the rainbow bridge.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bulbs Irises Roses Lilies
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JaeRae
Aug 18, 2011 10:12 PM CST
...saury *Blush* Do-si-doed.... where are you fiwit? I love that you have greyhounds. I have thought of adopting because they have a 'track' just S. of us, and those poor dawgs are done and then up for adoption. I don't know if I could do well for them though.
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Aug 18, 2011 10:52 PM CST
Thanks Mary.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Aug 19, 2011 5:19 AM CST
Jamie, I'm assuming the track south of you is Dairyland? It's a GOOD track, and they do well by their dogs. They have a thriving adoption program at that track, as well. It's no harder to "do right" by a greyhound than by any other dog who loves you. Daily walks (or if you're lazy like me, a fenced yard), lots of soft beds - not that they'll use them if a couch/human bed is nearby, and a heart full of love. Just like any other dog. Smiling

Well, then there are the multitude of fancy collars some feel compelled to buy, the winter coats, the new vehicle so they can fit more dogs in at one time, the bigger house so there's more floor space for dog beds, etc... Hilarious!


(desperately trying to stay on track of the original thread)
And MULCH! Let's not forget how important mulch is to the well-being of the retired houndie! Hilarious! It keeps the weeds out of their exercise yard, but for goodness sake, don't use your own wood-chipper to chip up the tree branches - you wind up with some pieces that are precisely the right size to get caught in their feet, and that hurts them (just like sweet-gum balls do)
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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dahlianut
Aug 19, 2011 1:21 PM CST
Group hug mccash Group hug

I use the crazy ole cat as a snow gauge in the the time of the cold and the dark and the white stuff. I toss him off the stoop into the snowbank and see how much of him disappears.... then I run away really fast Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bulbs Irises Roses Lilies
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JaeRae
Aug 19, 2011 2:23 PM CST
Dahlia you have a problem. Not shore what it is but clearly you do my love!!!!

Fiwit...yes, that's the track and I do know a few that have been adopted locally. They have the best eyes in the world (aside from perhaps ostriches) and are so sweet to hug because they sort of collapse into you with love. That's why I don't know how to feel about the 'racing' thang..... they (along with whippets) are so love oriented, yet they love to run. Their time is the track is likely a joy for them but mossing other things. I just don't know if it is a good idea to breed them for gambling, keep them without nurture, then turn them out alone. It seems too that they have some specific physiological issues, as an adopter, how do you deal with that?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
NE Alumni
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seed Starter Region: Canadian Irises Daylilies
Lilies Bulbs Garden Art Birds Hummingbirder Region: Northeast US
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dahlianut
Aug 19, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Confused but how else do you measure snow JR? Confused Stumpy my rain gauge can't play outside in the cold or he would break, and the crazy ole cat gets all poofed up with fur and a lions mane, and he even gets poofy furr tufts between his toes so he has little snowshoes. sometimes methinks he evolved from an ice age being.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Image
mcash70
Aug 19, 2011 4:02 PM CST
Poor kitty!!! Blinking
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
NE Alumni
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seed Starter Region: Canadian Irises Daylilies
Lilies Bulbs Garden Art Birds Hummingbirder Region: Northeast US
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dahlianut
Aug 19, 2011 4:09 PM CST
mccash he thinks its a game. Just like when we try to walk on top of crusty snow to the green house and I fall through. He rarely ever falls through and always wins that game. I usually always win the 'snow gauge' game unless the snow isn't very deep. Then the ferocious ice age creature chases me and grabs my ankle and I do a face plant in the snow Sticking tongue out
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Image
mcash70
Aug 19, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
fiwit
Aug 19, 2011 4:24 PM CST
JaeRae said:Dahlia you have a problem. Not shore what it is but clearly you do my love!!!!

Fiwit...yes, that's the track and I do know a few that have been adopted locally. They have the best eyes in the world (aside from perhaps ostriches) and are so sweet to hug because they sort of collapse into you with love. That's why I don't know how to feel about the 'racing' thang..... they (along with whippets) are so love oriented, yet they love to run. Their time is the track is likely a joy for them but mossing other things. I just don't know if it is a good idea to breed them for gambling, keep them without nurture, then turn them out alone. It seems too that they have some specific physiological issues, as an adopter, how do you deal with that?



You have tree-mail. Big Grin
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bulbs Irises Roses Lilies
Image
JaeRae
Aug 19, 2011 5:34 PM CST
Dahl, when you have a face plant incident do you pull yer tongue in?
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
NE Alumni
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seed Starter Region: Canadian Irises Daylilies
Lilies Bulbs Garden Art Birds Hummingbirder Region: Northeast US
Image
dahlianut
Aug 20, 2011 9:20 AM CST
Don't know; can't remember Blinking I usually roll over and make snow angels though.
Name: Jamie R
Zone 5b, WI (Zone 5a)
save the rainforest & habitat
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies I sent a postcard to Randy! Herbs Region: Wisconsin
Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Bulbs Irises Roses Lilies
Image
JaeRae
Aug 20, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Self imaging ...so sweet!
Woman on the eastbound train
...........................................Je Suis Désolé.
(also a mule lovin', Charley huggin' girl)
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
NE Alumni
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seed Starter Region: Canadian Irises Daylilies
Lilies Bulbs Garden Art Birds Hummingbirder Region: Northeast US
Image
dahlianut
Aug 20, 2011 4:56 PM CST
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