Put lipstick on a pig (again) and cherry up

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Mon Mar 19 21:55:23 UTC 2007

Being a Washingtonian, I'm surprised to hear that. I've known the word
"beauty bark" since I was a young child, probably 35 years ago. I've
always assumed it to be a product name, but it seems pretty generic from

Your description of bark dust is identical to what I think of as beauty
bark. BB

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> That stuff in the picture looks like 'bark chips' to me.  I had thought
> that maybe I would see 'barkdust', but that stuff surely wasn't
> barkdust.  I guess the real questions are where is 'beauty bark' used?
> Is it a regionalism?  How long has it been around?  Is this some
> industry word (that will some day push out bark dust)?  Most interested
> to read what others have to say.
> I should add an explanation, based on my experience of moving from
> Oregon to Minnesota. We never met any native Minnesotan who knew the
> term bark dust.  Bark dust is somewhat finely ground bark (usually a
> reddish-brown color), that nearly everyone in the Pacific Northwest
> spreads on his flower beds for looks and to keep the weeds in check. My
> wife and I have know that term all our lives and surprised when MNs
> didn't know it.  Now I'm surprised at beauty bark.
> Fritz
>>>> gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM 3/19/2007 12:54 PM >>>
> See http://www.freebackgrounds.com/photos_A000017.html for a close-up
> look. The "My shade garden" photo at
> http://www.thegardenhelper.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php/topic/53/47.html
> shows
> a garden with it, but the photo doesn't do justice. Beauty bark
> basically gives the clean look to a garden that gravel provides, but
> it's bark and so has a nicer, warmer feel. BB
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