Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Donated Mulch

We have a bunch of mulch! All free, how frugal is that? Our local utility comes by every 10 years or so to trim back the trees that grow along the side of our county roads. These trees grow wild, they are not maintained by homeowners and tend to take down the power lines during strong storms.

The paper posted the trimming schedule so my husband made sure to run into the crew when they came out our way. They come by with a cherry picker and a large chipper shredder truck. It seems that they were having to drive about 10 miles every time they needed to empty their trucks so he offered to take it off their hands. They would trim a bit and then empty on our side lot.

We'll not use this around the house or around any ornamentals but it makes a fine layer for the garden. We try to use the lasagna method of layering compost, newspaper, manure and straw, creating new soil. As you can see, we have a pretty big pile going so far. I don't know how much we will get, they are still trimming, in fact, they haven't even gotten to our street yet.

As I mentioned, this is a once in a decade opportunity so we thought we'd take advantage.


Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

The only thing better than "cheap" is free! I think you made out well. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Pat said...

Nice to hear the trimming crew was willing to work with you! The company that has the county contract around us takes all loads directly to a commercial 3rd party. When they leave an area, it looks like a huge grinder went through...thankfully it eventually grows over but most of us would like to have at least a little mulch.

Candy C. said...

Good score! Sounds like the crew was happy to have a closer dumping spot too!

Richard Collins said...

You can never have enough mulch! Always much (or mulch) appreciated).

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Another load delivered today!