By super special request, my Mother’s Day dreams came true. You’ll never guess what I got for a present. Here’s a clue:
OK, another big clue to my super special present is the title of this blog post.
Mark borrowed a truck from a friend and loaded it up with mulch. Our town offers mulch at a great price — $22 for 3 cubic yards — if you bring your own truck. I think the mulch is largely made from the discarded Christmas trees that the town picks up in front of people’s homes in early January.
The only problem with our cheapskate way of getting mulch is that we had to unload it from the truck ourselves. It was a ton of work and took several hours, but Charlie loved it. He got fabulously filthy.
Aside from helping to keep moisture in the soil and dissuading weeds to take root, a fresh layer of mulch just makes a garden bed look finished. Here’s a shot of our pre-mulch garden:
And here it is after a good layer of the mulch:
So much better.