J. Musser

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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3.1 acres of scrub woods and steep southwest slopes down to a swampy front yard. avg 45-60"/yr. precipitation. First frost: September 25. Last frost: April 10. Avg. low in winter is 22 degrees Fahrenheit, occasionally down to 0 or -2 to 3. Avg. high in summer is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, occasionally up to 103 to 104.

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comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
Nice list. I also rank lawn clippings very high.
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comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
Nice answer. I see this is mostly on edibles. I don't use tree (bark/chips) mulches in veggie gardens either. I usually use grass clippings and/or straw (which I can get for almost free when it's badly spoiled, and it still works).
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comment What's this plant with long black seed pods?
@victoriah That was me, my bad. Fixed now.
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comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
So more of a compost user. Good. Very interesting.
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comment What are the pros/cons of different mulches?
So you're more of an undecomposed om user. Kinda like me, but I usually have to put down what customers have/order.
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comment How long does mulch last?
@treeNinja Some areas have a good layer from the year before, and putting it on full thickness in those areas will build them up over time. Basically, you want to add the ammount that will carry you through to the next time you intend to mulch, so different thicknesses will be necesary in different areas.
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comment How can I find my badge progress for Curious, Inquisitive, and Socratic badges?
I found that as of the last update, I am 75/100 for socratic.
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comment Is there an almond that grows inside a peach?
Luther did so much good, I don't think that's a just description of him. You picked his worst thing as an example. Note that many varieties he developed are still major commercial crops today.
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comment How long does mulch last?
@stormy please explain your feelings on why bark mulch is bad on chat - this interests me.
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comment How long does mulch last?
@stormy Customers really go crazy over a profoundly good job, and show their friends, who want their yards done - I turn away more than half the jobs and still work way, way, overtime. Their plants have never looked better, so they say. Probably not the mulch, but as a proffesional consultation guy, I get quite a few loyal customers who hope I live forever or pick up an apprentice.
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comment How long does mulch last?
@stormy I am self-employed, for the most part, sometimes a sub-contractor. I also have a part-time job with a small local high-end landscaping company, cause I can't stand the standards of all the others. But I can order by feel, and am always within half a yard, even on big jobs. It's experience, mostly. I don't generalize and put the same layer on everything. Some areas need more, some less, and I go by what the ground needs. I have never gotten any complaints from customers, but I have gotten tons of very decent tips - so much I joked that I didn't really need the paycheck.
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