Forestry Resources Features a Product Line that is Safer for People and the Environment
Monday September 8, 2003
Mulch Provides Gardeners and Landscapers
With An Arsenic-Free* Mulch Product
Certified Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) Free
Forestry Resources Features a Product Line
that is Safer for People and the Environment
Fla. (Sept. 8, 2003) - Recent studies and reports are
highlighting a problem with the mulch used in children's playgrounds
and landscaping projects. Mulches made from recycled
pressure treated wood can contain high levels of arsenic,
a known cancer-causing agent. This arsenic may contaminate
playgrounds or leak into the soil and groundwater surrounding
concerned about using these types of mulch products can find
an alternative from Forestry Resources. The company
features a product line derived from melaleuca. The
end result is arsenic-free* mulch.
Copper Arsenate (CCA), the most common chemical treatment
for wood, contains arsenic. As this wood ages and is
replaced, it is recycled, and in some instances chipped for
use as landscaping mulch. A study by the University
of Florida and the University of Miami revealed 18 of Florida's
top producing mulch companies are using this recycled wood
to make their products. According to the Florida
Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste, the amount of arsenic
treated wood to be discarded is equal to 216,000 miles of
two by four's, or the equivalent of 590 Lake Okeechobee's.
Resources provides an arsenic-free* alternative, and has for
more than 20 years. FloriMulch, a melaleuca mulch product,
provides an environmentally friendly solution offering a number
of advantages over other types of mulches. Forestry
Resources offers three different FloriMulch products.
Each one is derived from 100 percent melaleuca, is not treated
with CCA or any other non-organic chemical, and is completely
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 suggest
it is termite resistant. Preliminary research 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.
Furthermore, FloriMulch is the only melaleuca mulch product
earning a state certification as nematode free.
mulch provides additional benefits as an environmentally friendly
product. 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.
Today, it is illegal to plant new melaleuca trees, but it
still grows. Forestry Resources created the FloriMulch
product as a method of eliminating this evasive tree and finding
a practical use for it. Melaleuca mulch is an environmentally
friendly alternative to cypress mulch. The enormous
amounts of cypress mulch produced each year threaten the survival
of this native Florida tree important for flood control, wildlife
habitat and water purity. All FloriMulch products feature
an endorsement from The Friends of the Florida Everglades,
leaders in the crusade to save the National Park's native
is already the mulch of choice for many counties and cities
throughout Florida when it comes to providing surface cover
in parks and playgrounds. The melaleuca mulch product
provides an important buffer between children and possibly
contaminated soil and is fully certified for shock absorbing
qualities in accordance with the American Society for Testing
and Materials safety standards. In addition, FloriMulch
PlaySafe is ADA compliant and allows wheelchair accessibility
where other playground material separate and become unstable.
It is also a clean alternative to sand.
mulch is created equal! Forestry Resources also carries
a line of non-melaleuca premium shredded colored (red, gold,
eucalyptus blend) mulch. These products do not contain
any pressure treated lumber or reconstituted woods.
Furthermore, all coloring agents are environmentally safe
pigments and are Material Safety Data Sheet approved.
Forestry Resources, based in Fort Myers, Fla., is celebrating
its 20th anniversary as the innovators in melaleuca mulch
production. FloriMulch is available in two-cubic feet
bags and bulk. To learn more about Forestry Resources,
FloriMulch and the benefits of melaleuca mulch call, 866-GO-MULCH,
239-334-7343 or visit www.gomulch.com.
Consumers looking to purchase FloriMulch can contact their
local garden and home improvement store for details.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency,
Arsenic occurs naturally in harmless trace quantities in all
living things, including plants and soil. Thus all mulch and
soil products will contain some traces of this natural element.
EPA information and independent laboratory testing on
our products are available upon request.