Well, maybe not…

05/23/2010

I mentioned on an earlier post, that I turned to the City of Raleigh to get lost cost mulch this year.  While it was definitely a cost savings, it was also not quite what I expected.  Upon loading up all the wheelbarrows of mulch at home, I came across quite a few bonus treats buried in the mulch – everything from pieces of trash, squashed soda cans, tons of large sticks and an old pair of (formerly) white sports socks.

After that, I noticed that my dogs were carefully picking their way throught the mulch, and then I learned why.  It was filled with thousands of those prickley gum balls.  So, a new project added to the list, was to hand pick all those out of all the mucl that was spreaded.

Next year, think I’ll stick with the full price clean mulch.

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A cost saving tip for gardeners

03/15/2010

If you’re on a tight budget these days, as many of us are, you may be considering skipping the annual mulch or compost treatment for your yard.  But the City of Raleigh comes to the rescue!  The Yard Waste Center (New Hope Road) is offering a “buy one get one” coupon in the Saturday Home and Garden section through the end of April.  Thanks to my neighbor and landscape guru, Tom Pope, we got 2 truckloads full of shredded hardwood for only $16 this weekend!  $16!  That’s less than the cost 1 cubic yard at a retail mulch store!  And after shoveling most of the weekend, I can testify that we got  at least 5 full yards!  Now the quality isn’t the sames as at retail, but what a wonderful service the City offers!  Time to get the shovel and wheelbarrow out!