I Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulch

I Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulch

I Mulch, You Mulch, We All Mulch

This past Saturday was yard day at our house.  Nine solid hours of pruning trees, trimming bushes, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and spreading mulch.  (Why didn't someone remind me that my hamstrings will be extremely sore from bending over all day.  It's been two days and I still can't sit down without using my arms to lower myself!)

It's the project we tackle every spring.  I actually look forward to it. I love being outdoors and feeling productive.  (Of course, that enthusiasm quickly fades after the first few hours which is why we plow through it all in one day.)  Our backyard has several "forests" as my kids call them, which are really just large clusters of trees with mulch around them.  Very pretty, but it requires a lot of mulch - over three yards (or pick-up trucks full) to be exact.

This year, we turned the mulching into a family affair.  My kids were ecstatic to see the huge mound of cedar mulch in the back of our truck…yippee!  They instantly climbed on top and started playing.  So, my husband and I pulled out our Lifetime Yard Cart and Lifetime Wheelbarrow and told the kids to get to work  The cedar mulch was packed in the back of our pickup so tight that it was too solid to shovel out.  But, with the kids climbing on top, they simply slid and kicked the pile down and we were then able to easily push it on into our Yard Cart and Wheelbarrow.  I must say, having two loads of mulch going at the same time certainly helped speed things up.  My husband and kids would load one while I dumped and spread the other one.   And, as you can see, the kids occasionally bummed a free Yard Cart ride, too.

We also used the Yard Cart and Wheelbarrow to pick up all of the leaves, weeds, and branches that we trimmed.   Oops, that reminds me, we still need to go empty those out!  Hmm, guess we didn't finish the entire project in one day after all!

Oh, and by the way, we learned a handy tip this year.  If you have large tree branches and limbs you need to dispose of, check with your local nursery.  Most nurseries will take them free of charge because they grind them and use in their own composting and mulching piles.

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Jan

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Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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elaine

4/13/2010 10:04:05 AM

You can also check with your city office and see if they offer mulching services for your tree limbs. I take mine down to the city works building where they grind it up and give it back to me. They'll even deliver any leftover mulch they have on hand to my yard in a big dump truck! The risk, though, is that you don't know what you're getting. Hopefully, not mulch from trees infested with bugs or disease. So far, so good, for me.

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Jan

4/13/2010 10:10:29 AM

@elaine,

Thanks for sharing that idea, too!  Our city only offers that service once or twice a year, but hopefully it will help some of our other readers.

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