Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Mulch

My excitement for the week is that Hubby is replacing the motor on our 29 year old Troy Bilt Chipper Shredder!  Woo hoo!  We'll finally be able to mulch this pile of brush we made over the past several months.

The (Good) mulch from this pile will go along the back fence area.  It will be nice to be able to plant along the fence line since it's a nice sunny spot.  I'm thinking maybe papaya, moringa and pigeon peas will do well, and they don't need a lot of attention once they get going.

This messy pile has been driving hubby crazy.  Adding insult to injury, last fall I mulched a large area beyond where I planted new fruit trees so I encroached on the "grass".  Oopsy!  If I had my way I wouldn't have any grass back there at all, just plants everywhere.  I've got the useless grass down to a small patch off our deck which takes about 5 minutes to mow now.

I also got my first load of free (Ugly) mulch from down the street.  Finally!  I loaded up four large tubs and three 5 gallon buckets.  My goal for the weekend is to try to get at least two more loads and tackle two areas that haven't been mulched yet.  The last time I brought home free mulch I weeded a large area, put cardboard down, then loaded it up with mulch.  It worked fine for weed control, but the cardboard didn't break down as quickly as I thought it would so planting in it was a pain.  So I'm going to try a different method this time around. 

Here's my plan - I'm going to scrape out the weeds (using my handy dandy nejiri scraper), put down newspaper, wet it, add a thick layer of free mulch, add another layer of newspaper, wet it, and then add a thinner layer of cypress (Bad) mulch to please the hubby's eye. I think my cypress mulch idea will calm the waters.  So I'm going to do it my way and top it off his way.  Win win.

Happy yardening!

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