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Got My Mulch!

I got my mulch!  Happy Dance Happy DanceHappy DanceHappy Dance  Now to get it down on the flower beds.  I haven't brought mulch in three years because of the costs.  However, it makes a difference so I broke down this year and ordered two scoops of double ground hardwood mulch; price was $110.00 delivered.  Mulch helps to control weeds and retain moisture in the soil.

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Double Ground Hardwood Mulch

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  •  MacFarsider: 
     

    We have recycling here. The township comes by several times a year and collects leaves and tree limbs. They make mulch and compost with them and then they are free to residents. I have called their office several times in the past few years and have requested a delivery of compost. They send out a tandem load of about 20 tons per request. Pretty cool actually. 

     
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  •  BecksBrew: 
     

    Ahhh, that is a thing of beauty! You sound as giddy about your mulch as I did about my two truckloads of old horse manure a couple years ago!

    Just a sidenote here: although it sounds counetr-intuitive, a friend of mine (who always has the most gorgeous flower gardens around, and is also a certified Master Gardener) uses nothing but grass clippings for mulch.  His grass never gets high enough to go to seed which may explain why his flowers aren't drowning in grass, and he uses a bagger so all he has to do is empty it (no raking for that boy).  I was just thinking, for those times when cost is a major issue, this might be something helpful for you.  One other thing - he says he only uses a couple inches at a time, that if he goes any deeper it seems to break down faster.  Heh, I kind of think he might be imagining that part.  But I can absolutely attest that he has beautifully weed free beds and uses nothing but grass clippings for mulch.

     
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    •  SecretCorners: 
       

      I used grass and leaves last year but I don't have a lot of grass so it was hard to get enough to work for mulch.  For the flower beds I would have to rake leaves out of the woods, then use the mower without the bag to mulch them, then pick them up with the bagger.  With any organic mulch, one has to remember that as the mulch decays, it will pull nitrogen out of the soil so you have to compensate.  The double ground mulch is already partly decay which is why I use it.

       
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      •  BecksBrew: 
         

        I can see where a lack of grass could make that a moot point, lol!  As for nitrogen, do you plant a winter cover crop to replenish it?  A lot of folks around here use winter rye and till it under in the spring.  One young fellow has just planted 1/8 acre of cowpeas that he will turn under before they go to seed as a way to ix nitrogen in the soil.

         
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  •  VeroMariquita: 
     

    Beds look so much nicer when they are mulched. I have a few white pine on the farm and use all the needles that drop from them (keeping an eye on the acid content, of course)

     
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  •  viccles2004: 
     

    Your plants are going to love you! Wish I had a place that delivered mulch around here.

     
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  •  ghostrider: 
     

    that will keep ya buzy for a while...you will be able to hide behind a tree after all this work you got going on..lol

     
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    •  SecretCorners: 
       

      That will be a good thing; I could stand to lose a bit of mass.

       
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Posted: 12.05.2018
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