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Wow, that's a lot of organic material

It being a very springlike day, I asked my One True Love if he would be so kind as to brave that big, bright, shiny thing in the sky long enough to take the long tape and get me a measurement on the dimensions of the back garden.  The one that I need to mulch.  The one that I reduced by at least a quarter last year.

It is currently 12' by 21'.  Which is to say, 252 square feet.  Which is to say, that's a lot of bleedin' mulch!

I think I'm going to investigate if one of our local garden centers can deliver me a load that I can wheelbarrow around the house to the garden.  Because buying 84 cubic feet of mulch in 2 cubic foot bags is just silly.

Which reminds me that I need to send soil samples to UConn for the lawn project.  Bob says it's all going to die from the shade, but I'm determined to try.

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golden_meliades
Mar. 16th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
There are shade mixes for grass, if that's what you're looking for.

I'd expect all good greenhouses/nursery businesses to sell mulch in bulk. We sell it by truckload (basically one large scoop with our forklift fills the back of a half-ton.) as well as bag-your-own and pre-bagged stuff.
kls_eloise
Mar. 16th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
I've been reading up on grass varieties, and I think we can make it work. We'll have some thin patches, of course, but basically if it's enough for her to play on and is Not Mud - I'm pretty happy. I'm not one of those people who needs the perfectly manicured suburban lawn. I want Not Mud. If grass doesn't work, I'll investigate the wonderful world of alternative ground cover.

I figure I can probably get a truckload of mulch delivered without too much hassle - I just need to investigate the local nurseries and do some pricing. I've been aggressively ignoring the outside of the house since we moved in, so I don't know the local greenhouses yet. As I start to get things under control, I expect that to change.

I think I'm going to treat myself to a couple of bleeding hearts this year.
galingale
Mar. 18th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
Does your town do like East Hartford does and maintain a compost pile at the town dump? (Excuse me, landfill. No wait, "recycling station".)

We haven't used it yet but it's supposedly free to town residents!
kls_eloise
Mar. 18th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
"Transfer Station"

I have no idea. Now that you mention it, they have a sand/salt pile at town hall for residents. I'll have to find out (although that's still a bunch of trips... but free!)
galingale
Mar. 18th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
If they do, maybe you can bribe me to bring up the pickup.

(Hidden plus on my end: This would give me incentive to move a winter's worth of "when the snow's gone this needs to go into the shed or to Goodwill" actually out the shed or over to Goodwill....eep)
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