The Melaleuca Story
Melaleuca is a non-native tree that was introduced
to in the 1920's as a way to dry up the Everglades. Because
of its quick proliferation, it destroys native vegetation.
The cypress trees that make up so much of the native wetland
areas are invaluable to the ecology on many levels. They help
purify water by filtering out some nutrients, for instance,
and they provide a habitat for a number of animals including
owls, wood storks, bobcats and woodpeckers. Cypress Trees
are also slow growers, so cutting them down leaves wetland
areas unprotected and much more vulnerable to depletion. The
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claimed in its 2000 report
entitled “Wetland Status and Trends” that between 1986 and
1997, 644,000 acres of wetlands were lost, with an estimated
annual loss rate of 58,500 acres.
the leader in the melaleuca mulch market provides a number
of features based on its core component–melaleuca. It serves
a practical use of controlling weeds, reducing watering, and
protecting roots. In addition, recent studies conducted at
the University of Florida suggests termites survived better
and consumed more mulch made up of pine and cypress sapwoods.
However, they did not survive with a strict melaleuca diet.
products feature an endorsement
from The Friends of the Florida Everglades, leaders in the
crusade to save the National Park’s native environment. In
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