Monday, June 10, 2013

Ticks and Mulch

We've been posting recently about the lack of mulch in Princeton Landing. Here's one more reason why not mulching is a bad decision.

We are now entering the height of tick activity in New Jersey. Ticks are arachnids, relatives of spiders. They live in wooded areas, brushy fields and around your home. Woodwind's Pepper deTuro, an arborist well known in Princeton Landing, writes a column that appears frequently in the Town Topics. In one of his recent columns, he said, "Research has shown that the addition of wood chips or mulch along borders between wooded and lawn areas may reduce tick abundance by up to 50%."

In fact, the website for the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommends 3-foot-wide barriers of wood chips between lawns and wooded areas to limit tick migration into recreational areas. Princeton Landing has many of these border areas that are now left unmulched. This is an unnecessary hazard, especially for children and pets.

Tick bites are serious. A tick bite is painful and can carry a number of diseases, as we have discussed previously.

So why are we following a policy implemented out of misinformation and ignorance and not mulching every year?