We live in a homeowner’s association with a covenant about the percentage of mulch (organic/wood) we can use compared to rock. It only allows 25% of our landscaping to be wood. They claim that wood mulch is home to rodents of all kinds. We prefer wood bark. Is there a publication I can use to argue our case?

All mulching materials have advantages and disadvantages. Research did not yield any documents that make a watertight case for or against any of them, including crushed rock, lava, etc. Here are some frequently mentioned concerns:

1. Rock mulch such as …

We have something eating our impatiens plants every evening. We have tried every repellent to no avail. Our property abuts a woods, and we have had deer, fox, goundhogs, rabbits, and bobcats in the backyard over the years. What do we do next?

You have been introduced to the first law of dealing with wildlife: repellents are not fences. You might want to visit this site to see why repellents don’t always work: Why Repellents Fail

If a rabbit or woodchuck is eating …

Some animal (squirrels?) is eating plastic in our yard: plastic tray on the gas grill, plastic edging in the garden, plastic handles of tools, vinyl siding on the house. If this is a squirrel as we suspect, what can we do to stop it?

You need to find out what animal is doing this. Different animals are managed in different ways, so proper identification is key. If it is squirrel damage, you should be able to see the incisor imprints at the location of …