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.
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!
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.
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!
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.