I have looked
everywhere for HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch! Where can I buy it?
for a link to a list of current retailers.
Does HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch
really smell like chocolate?
It really, really
that HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch actually deters pests and
insects. Is this true? If so, how?
does! The texture of HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch serves as a
natural deterrent to slugs and snails, potentially reducing
damage to the garden from insects and pests. An added
bonus, It's also weed-free! Cocoa shells are the clean husks removed from roasted cacao
beans used in the making of HERSHEY®'S Chocolate and
Cocoa. HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch is screened and free of
weed seeds. It aids in the prevention of weed
germination. Weeds use up valuable fertilizer in the soil as
well as act as a host plant to insects.
I have a rose
garden and have heard that HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch is better for
my roses than other types of mulch. Fact or Fiction?
HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch
stimulates soil. Soil compaction is known to be one of
the chief problems in producing a quality garden
The unique composition of HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch includes
protein; which adds in decomposition to produce humus.
This stimulates soil, providing year-round protection, an
added bonus for your delicate rose plants.
HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch's low acidity
makes it delicate enough to use on new lawns. It also
assists in the absorption and retention of moisture.
This combination will provides an excellent growing medium
for your roses.
100% organic! HERSHEY®'S Cocoa Mulch is a 100% natural
organic fertilizer. Compact soils are best aided by
the regular addition of organic matter. Humus (decayed
organic matter) is absolutely essential to plant life.
It furnishes the plant food essential to the growth of
micro-organisms without which plants cannot grow.
Soils high in organic matter may have a rate of water
penetration more than double that of soils with a low
organic matter content.
Is it true that Cocoa Mulch is harmful to dogs?
It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that
eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees
(depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs
won't eat it.
On the Animal Poison Control Center (ASPCA) web site, several
common household products are listed that have proven harmful to
dogs. Common lawn insecticides and insect killers are
mentioned as being potentially life-threatening when ingested,
specifically snail or slug bait. A 2-inch application of
cocoa mulch in your plant beds will actually prevent germination
of weeds, resulting in less weeds, acting as a deterrant for
insects, snails and slugs. Following is a link to the
ASPCA web site on outdoor household products that can be harmful
to your pets. http://www.napcc.aspca.org/smalanml.htm#outdoor
Why would a dog eat Cocoa Mulch?
It smells GREAT! . . . . so it must taste GREAT,
I've heard that Cocoa Mulch gets a white
mold when damp. Is
this harmful to my plants?
Occasionally, the color of
your Cocoa Mulch may be affected by a harmless mold which
sometimes appears on cocoa shell mulch. This is a sign of
the protein at work. Rain or watering will wash away this
natural mold formation. You can easily take a light
rake over the top of the mould and turn it under to eliminate
it. It is not harmful to your plants. If
desired, your gardening consultant can recommend a fungicide to
prevent formation of mold spores.