A few weeks ago the Sports Addict and I took all five kids in an airplane across country to visit the grandparents. That is truly an adventure, but that’s not what I am focusing on today. Today I’m talking about the coups my flowerbeds tried to pull while I was away. You see I weeded and planted and weeded vigorously to the point my fingernails were a constant shade of uugggghh before we left. But what did I come home to?
Full scale war had been declared in the flowerbed and the weeds were pretty confident they were going to win. That’s when I knew I needed to take drastic measures this summer. I was ready and willing to spend some serious money on poop-dirt.
Did I just read that right?
There must be some mistake.
No, no mistake. The best mulch in the region for the best price is none other than our friendly neighborhood water treatment plant and dump mulch, affectionately known ’round these parts as poop-dirt.
Acquiring this precious commodity can be rather tricky though. You see, so many people want it that it is often out of stock, or there are long lines of trucks (usually driven by men) making it impossible for a mother of five to last the length. But thankfully I have my friend Amy, who not only offered to help me get the mulch with her truck but knows the direct line to the mulch office so we could call ahead and see how much inventory they had before driving down.
If not for the rather unique aroma wafting through the air from somewhere nearby, it would actually be a scenic excursion. You have a great view of the mountains on almost all sides.
It all gets chewed up into chunks of it’s previous self and then mixed with the “bio-waste” from the treatment plant. Then thankfully it all gets composted and cooked together for a time to kill anything bad that might be in the stuff. And remarkably when it’s all done it just smells like good, clean dirt, for the most part. Recycling at its most basic and best.
The easy part is sitting in Awesome Amy’s truck and letting the bucket loader fill-er-up. The hard part is unloading all that mulch and then hauling it around the yard to it’s various battlefields.
This beautiful pile sat in my driveway for almost two weeks as I slowly bucketed it around the yard.
Of course I pulled as many weeds as I could before I put it down on the flowerbeds, and there will always be a few determined insurgents, but it has made a huge difference in the overall number of weeds I have. And it makes the flowerbeds look so nice too.
Another benefit of the mulch is it helps retains water and makes it so we don’t have to water quite as much.