Mulch, possibly the most important step so far.

Today I will be talking about mulch, that’s right, shredded wood, spread over the ground. I know it doesn’t sound fun, but it was a big step that had to be taken. Mulch is great for several reasons, firstly it helps to keep the ground moist, secondly it helps keep the “weeds” (and by weeds I mean grass) down, and thirdly it brings wellness back to the soil. All that decomposing wood is just great for the soil and it looks really nice. The following pictures are of our yard in the various stages of preparation and execution.

We certainly lucked out on this one. It is funny how when you put it out there that you need something it somehow ends up being there for you. Joey and I have been waiting very patiently for the transfer station to shred their wood and make mulch, so we could get some free mulch. We waited and May went by, and we waited then June went by and we waited and now it is July.

Anyways, one day about 2 weeks ago, Joey noticed a guy doing some tree cutting for the town. He asked him what he was doing with the mulch, the guy said he was going to take it to the transfer station. Long story short we got it for free, and it was dropped off in the driveway of our home. Very, Very nice.

Above, is the pile.  At it’s height it was about 4 1/2 feet tall. This picture was taken as we were working on the yard, I had already mulched the fire pit area when this was taken.

We spent the better part of Canada Day shoveling mulch into a wheel barrow, dumping it, raking it out even and going back to the pile to refill. It was a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it. The yard looks much better now!

For the main path, we did not want to have to pull up all of the grass. We have done this “de-sodding” for all of the smaller paths, it is very time intensive, and you need somewhere to put the sod. Our composter is pretty full and the area we were filling with sod has been filled. So we did some research and found that a lot of people put down cardboard over the grass, then cover that with mulch. We talked about it and decided we would give it a try.

  The above picture is of the cardboard that we procured from the dumpster behind one of our local plazas. We laid this right on top of the grass, then we mulched (a really thick layer, about 4-5 inches of mulch).

To the left, here is the path in all it’s cardboard glory. It actually took us about an hour to lay it all out, and to make sure that none of the grass was peeking out.
*our cats thought the cardboard path was just awesome!* They liked the mulch too. This thumbnail is a picture of little stink laying on the mulch, at the entrance to the fire pit area.

The last 2 pictures for this post are of areas in the path that have been mulched. I thought I had one from the same perspective as the one with the cardboard. I guess I will just have to take another one. I think that the mulch makes our yard look a  little neater than it did before. It also makes it easier to see the plants. I really like it. It kind of reminds me of a park now.

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