February 9, 1997 |
Though Mary Coe is president of Friends of Radnor Trails, she had never hiked Skunk Hollow until last month. She said it reminded her of her childhood exploring the woods near her home at the foot of the Catskills. "I felt I was 9 years old again, catching pollywogs and skipping across streams. " With a little bit of work, Coe said, new generations of children could be exploring Skunk Hollow, their imaginations turning old stone walls into medieval fortresses. But to those Radnor residents who have heard of Skunk Hollow, a sylvan paradise is not necessarily the first image that comes to mind.
January 15, 1989 |
There's little left of the tons of leaves that area residents dutifully raked to their curbs or collected in brown paper bags. The hefty piles have been vacuumed up by noisy machines, and the bags have been heaved onto open- back trucks. Either way, the broad maple, jagged oak and delicate weeping willow leaves have largely disappeared from front yards. But in many municipalities, the discarded leaves will return this spring and summer - as garden mulch to keep the weeds from engulfing the tomatoes or to enhance elegant landscaping.
January 8, 1989 |
From early December until shortly after New Year's, they are a key part of holiday celebrations, the center of family gatherings. Thereafter, Christmas trees are nothing but a disposal problem. The solution, depending upon where one lives, seems to rest somewhere between chippers, chopping, landfills and bonfires. Tredyffrin Township is offering its residents the chance to say goodbye to their Christmas trees today by taking them to the leaf-composting center on Cassatt Road near the Philadelphia Electric terminals from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The trees will become part of the compost used by the township to help nurture foliage through the year.
January 8, 1989 |
Christmas comes once a year but the holiday trees hang around indefinitely - in various forms. At the Churchville Nature Center in Bucks County, suburban park explorers might find themselves walking on their very own Christmas trees in the spring. The center takes any donated trees and chips them into a mulch that is used on park trails. In post-Christmas tradition, a county forester hauls in a chipper and processes about 1,000 trees before the season is over on Jan. 21, according to assistant park naturalist Kristen Benson.
January 25, 1987 |
In a previous life, the fragrant boughs held bright tinsel and balls of delicate glass. A few months hence, they will rest near scenes of more natural beauty - woodland paths and beds of flowers. But now, the limbs, trunks and needles of 30,000 to 40,000 Philadelphia Christmas trees are just sitting, waiting for a home, in mammoth woodpiles at the Pennypack Environmental Center and two other locations. The mulch created by chopping the trees into tiny pieces with mulchers is available free to anyone who comes to pick it up, said Robert Grow, park manager for the Fairmount Park Commission.
March 17, 2006 |
We've all heard about supersize alligators roaming the sewers. Now, there's an e-mail crisscrossing cyberspace warning gardeners about killer mulch made from termite-infested New Orleans trees. "Be very careful about buying mulch this year," the e-mail warns. "Formosan termites will be the bonus in many of those bags. " Not true, the experts say. Trees felled by Hurricane Katrina, termite-infested or otherwise, are not being shredded into mulch to sell to unsuspecting customers at Home Depot and Lowe's stores for "dirt-cheap prices" this spring.
March 13, 2009 |
Here's a more definitive answer to the question posed by a reader with stains from wood mulch on his vinyl siding, thanks to Joe Ponessa, the Rutgers professor, and reader Anthony Canamucio of Bensalem. Both Ponessa and Canamucio say the stains sound like "artillery fungus. " Canamucio says many of his neighbors have had problems with artillery fungus, which, he says, has proven to be impossible to remove from the vinyl siding. One preventive measure suggested is to aerate the mulch at least a couple of times a year.
April 23, 1989 |
Forty years ago, few Main Line estates were without their own leaf mulch piles - restocked season after season, recalled John DiJiosia Jr., co-owner of Plymouth Nursery. As land parcels grew smaller, muncipalities went into the leaf-collection business. And some, like Upper Moreland Township, are finding themselves shoulder deep in leaf mulch. So they are marketing the product to residents and landscapers. For several years, DiJiosia has been using leaves stockpiled by Plymouth Township.
March 25, 2014 |
When the storms rolled in last month, people were preoccupied with getting their power back and moving all those fallen trees off the roads and driveways. What would happen to the trees that fell? That was a problem for later. Well, later is now, and homeowners and workers around the region are still collecting and disposing of the trees that caused so much havoc. "The bottom line is, it's just everywhere," Rick Crecraft, who owns a tree-trimming company, said after one of the worst storms.
January 17, 1991 |
After a year of trashing Christmas trees, Philadelphia has decided to do the right thing. It's shipping tons of them to a big wood chipper in the suburbs - even though it's a more expensive way to get them out of town. Truckload by truckload, the trees are being dispatched to Bucks County to be turned into environmentally beneficial mulch. The mulch then will be used for landscaping at the same landfill that takes Philly's trash - and at the nearby offices of Waste Management of North America.