Mountains of Mulch!

When I was offered some free mulch recently I naturally said yes. The offer came from the owner of a tree lopping business so I expected it would be mostly wood chips and leaf material. The mulch would therefore, be nice and coarse allowing water to penetrate the soil rather than being absorbed by the mulch itself. An added advantage of using bark based mulch is it takes longer to break down so we wouldn’t have to re-apply for quite a while. What I didn’t expect were the two mountains of mulch that were dumped on our front verge!


I was expecting just enough to mulch the front garden beds so this was a shock to say the least.


We began by mulching the front garden beds.

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But that barely made a dent! So we decided to mulch the verge as well as this will save us lots of water as only grass grows there.



Even doing that only used three quarters of one mountain!


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We have been discussing surrounding the back garden beds with sawdust for some time so the extra mulch seemed fortuitous. We laid down cardboard and newspaper and then Jamie began the arduous task of wheeling wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow through the garage, past the pool and down the three steps to the garden. This was made even more difficult because of the wheelbarrow’s flat tyre! All up it took four afternoons to move it all.


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The mountains are finally gone though the verge is probably a little too high.



We are very happy with the end result.  All this was done in the days leading up to Christmas so it was a very busy time!

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Father Christmas bought a special delivery to our place for Miss Ruby. Her very own garden, tools and flower seeds.


She was ecstatic, which is most impressive given she has only just turned three. Clearly, Grammy and Papa’s gardening obsession has rubbed off on her.



About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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8 Responses to Mountains of Mulch!

  1. mrjonmoore says:

    Reblogged this on World Organic News and commented:
    Can you ever have too much?

  2. Linda says:

    Wow! That mulch is awesome, and working it to the back with a flat tyre and three steps deserves some sort of medal. It will be interesting to see how long it persists – way to go!

  3. merrynsmenu says:

    Rachel and Jamie that is a lot of mulch! What a lovely Christmas present for you to help cope with the hot Adelaide weather. I can appreciate Jamie is a bit sore after all of the shovelling but your garden is reaping the benefits. Such lovely sunflowers, tomatoes, zucchinis and Ruby’s garden is superb. A perfect present for Ruby to get involved and grow her own (Her name tag is adorable.) Your garden and patch look wonderful, happy gardening throughout 2015 😀

  4. Kath says:

    HI Rachel and Jamie. I found your blog post as I’m hoping to find a local tree lopper who might be willing to drop off mulch/wood chips to us (Adelaide Hills). Would you mind telling me who he was? My email is, I’d be really appreciative. Thanks!

    • Hi Kath, will check with him but I doubt he will. He usually sells it.

      • Kath says:

        Thank you so much. We’re very happy to pay for mulch. Am having a bugger of a time finding anyone who will deliver to us in the hills (have tried 21 places so far!). Everyone’s very helpful and a few have put us on their list to let us know if they’re in the area, not sure how long that will take though… Thank you for your reply 🙂

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