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Mulch Volcano Madness!

Mulch Volcano Madness!

Excessive Mulching Kills Trees
June 14, 2011 

Spring is in the air, along with the appearance of a deadly perennial threat to the health of trees everywhere.  It is not an insect, nor is it a disease.  It is not a new and exotic scourge that has invaded our borders from some far off region of the planet.  No, it is much worse than any of these.

It is... the deadly mulch volcano.

This crime against arboriculture is annually perpetrated by “professional” landscapers and well-meaning homeowners who follow their example.  Each year, literally tons of mulch are piled high against the trunks of trees everywhere... and it’s killing them.

To some, this pile of mulch may look neat and tidy, but unfortunately it results in the slow decline and eventual death of the tree.  But what’s really maddening is the fact that people pay good money to “professional” landscapers to do this. 

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Barbecue Season is Upon Us! Remember to Play it Safe at the Grill

Lifesaving Tips from the Firemen’s Association of the State of NY…

With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, many people will be hosting backyard barbecues. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to follow important fire safety tips so that they can enjoy a safe summer season. 

“The outdoor cookout season will soon be in full swing.  Unfortunately, a barbecue grill could start a fire if certain safety rules are ignored,” said Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President David Jacobowitz.  “It’s important to position the grill far away from siding, deck railings, trees and other flammables. When gatherings involve children, it’s critical that a child-free zone of at least three feet is established around the grill.”

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

Red Cross Issues Tornado Readiness Guidelines

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 27, 2011, 4:32 P.M.  – The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for all of Western New York until 10 p.m., meaning tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area.  The American Red Cross is urging residents to review and discuss emergency plans, prepare emergency supply kits, and be ready to act quickly if a Tornado Warning is issued.

During any storm, residents should monitor radio and television news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.  People should also be aware of the following tornado danger signs:

  • Dark, often greenish clouds
  • Wall cloud—an isolated lowering of the base of a thunderstorm
  • Cloud of debris
  • Large hail
  • Funnel cloud—a visible rotating extension of the cloud base
  • Roaring noise

The complete Red Cross Tornado Safety Checklist is here.

Should a tornado threaten or a Tornado Warning be issued, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.  Do not wait until you see the tornado.  The safest place to be in a tornado is an underground shelter, basement, or safe room.  Following a tornado, stay out of damaged buildings, watch for fallen power lines or broken gas lines, and check for any injuries.

For more information on how to be Red Cross Ready for a possible tornado, please contact the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter at (716) 886-7500, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.