[NAFEX] More Critter Stories

Ginda Fisher list at ginda.us
Tue May 13 09:21:39 EDT 2008

I have also used cocoa shell mulch, just in the beds close to the house 
because it's expensive.  But it's very easy to work with around delicate 
plants and it smells wonderful for a while.

We have lots of squirrels and I've never had an issue with them eating it 
once I spread it.  I have had something (I presumed mice) chew open a bag 
in the garage and eat a little, but that was mostly a nuisance for the 
holes in the bags, not for missing mulch nor for drunken pests.

My vet says the issue with dogs and chocolate is not that it's much more 
toxic for dogs than for people, but that dogs will eat enormous quantities 
of stuff compared to ther size.  So, if a 25 pound child gets into a cache 
of chocolate, he'll eat a few ounces, but a 25 pound dog might eat 2 pounds 
of it at once, given the opportunity.  I'd think even for dogs it would be 
hard to eat enough mulch (after it's spread on the ground) to get into a 
lot of trouble.

...... Original Message .......
On Mon, 12 May 2008 21:28:12 -0500 "William C. Garthright" 
<billg at inebraska.com> wrote:
>> I spread cocoa hull mulch on a number of beds, because it does a 
>> terrific job of smothering weed seeds and stopping quake grass.  I 
>> bought a couple of bags yesterday to fill in spots that had migrated 
>> over the harsh winter.  However, the squirrels beat me to it.
>Very interesting - and funny - story. I use a lot of the cocoa hull 
>mulch. It works well and isn't hard on the lawnmower like wood chips, 
>though it's expensive, even on sale. It's also light-weight, but will 
>stay put once watered. But I've never had the squirrels eat it. They dig 
>in it sometimes, to hide other food, but they've never touched it other 
>than that.
>And I've heard different things about its effect on dogs. Some people 
>warn against it, but others say there's not enough chemical in the hulls 
>to cause a problem. Your experience seems to indicate that dog-owners 
>should be wary. I don't have a dog, so I've haven't been concerned about 
>it, one way or another.
>Next time, I hope you have a camera handy. :-)
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