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Time To Make The Donuts

Donuts. Not the kind that leave colorful sprinkles all over your desk. Not even the kind that Homer Simpson loves so much. But mulch donuts.

Too mulch love.

Over-mulching ranks right up there for the top reason newly planted trees die. That’s why mulch donuts are the way to go.  According to Arborist and forester Brian Colter, a protective layer of mulch around the base of your tree is a good thing but, he says, more mulch isn’t necessarily better.  Never “volcano” the mulch right up to the trunk were the chips press against it because after a period of time the tree will rot and die. Not only that, mice and insects may hide in there and feed on parts of the tree.

This is where the donuts come in. Form the mulch into the shape of a donut by keeping it away from the trunk and the rootball of the tree. Not only is mulching good for the soil and root growth, but it also helps keep lawn mowers and weed-whackers from damaging the bark of a tree. Open wounds are a bad thing. Truth be told, that’s the number one reason newbie trees perish.

Donuts. Maybe not the kind with colorful sprinkles on top, but trees like them too. And most probably better for them than for us.

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Life In The Park

When I was asked to do a cartoon about Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan and what a great place it is to live, I wondered how does this relate to being green and cause minded? Come to find out I didn’t have to look too hard.

Amongst the safe, clean tree lined streets you’ll find charming homes and many mom and pop stores. The Park (as it’s lovingly called) also recently built their very own movie theatre and a fitness center.

But wait, there’s more!

The Park also has a “Tree City USA” designation. In order to be considered for this title, one of the criteria is that the city has it’s very own designated full time forester on staff. The Park covers just over one square mile and every one of the 8,000 city owned trees are tended to by forester Brian Colter.

One of the many interesting things I found out is that when residents rake the fall leaves to the curb for city pickup, they are taken for compost and then re-used for landscaping. “Black gold” Brian calls it. He also mentioned that when trees die the wood isn’t wasted. Even the mighty ash borer can’t take the tree down so to speak. The Park’s ice rink’s warming hut floor is made from those once infested ash trees which now help keep skaters warm and toasty.

Grosse Pointe Park. What a perfect community blend of ambiance and sustainability. Who knew that in the heart of Metro Detroit the small town is alive and well.

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