Beware of Cocoa Mulch
When trying to keep critters out of your garden, be aware that what you are using to accomplish this could be hazaderous to your own pets:
An e-mail circulating through cyberspace warns pet owners not to use cocoa mulch because it can cause serious health problems–or even death–in dogs. But is the message true? Or is it an Internet hoax?
ConsumerAffairs.com, which received a copy of the e-mail, learned pet owners should heed this warning. That’s because cocoa mulch contains a compound called theobromine. This naturally occurring compound–found in many plants, including cocoa beans–can be harmful to dogs.