Thursday, September 29, 2011

Arborist Mulch—FREE!

We are really struggling with the mud in the backyard. Every time the dog goes out, she comes back in with mud-encrusted feet. We don't have good technology for dealing with muddy shoes either. So, we've been casting about for at least a temporary solution before all our rugs get ruined.

We had been thinking about buying straw or bark dust. But then Jeff got the clever idea that we should check with tree trimming companies who might be willing to let us have their load. So Sharon contacted several different companies and got on their "list."

We got a call first thing this morning from Treepeople asking us if we wanted a small load? Absolutely! And the best part—it was Free! It is beautiful stuff and was from a cherry tree.
Then, not more than 20 minutes later, we got a call from another tree service, Hedgehog Tree Care, and they had a full load; did we want it? Sure! This next pile was obviously from several jobs and was from a variety of trees and quite a bit less attractive. But it should do the job and we'll keep an eye on the yard and see if we get any new exciting volunteers, like ivy or bamboo.

So now we probably have enough arborist mulch to cover all the mud in the backyard! And we both know what we're doing for the next week!
By end of day, after working on it for 2 to 3 hours, we had managed to move probably half of it to the backyard. We'll probably finish moving the pile by Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for posting this. I'm going to try to score some free mulch too!