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Mulching 2010

Last Updated: 11/29/10

This year, my father decided to go from pickup truck loads of mulch to bags. The bags cost four times as much and create plastic waste. On the plus side, they are easier for him and I to move, none goes to waste, and the mulch quality is better and consistent. Each bag was two cubic feet and considered one wheel barrow full (for comparison to previous years).

Date What was mulched How many loads of mulch Mulch source Weather How long it took
3/27/10 New globular blue spruce along the house front 1 bucket Bag leftover from 2009 50 degrees F 5 minutes
4/14/10 Spirea out front 2 ft3 Bag leftover from 2009 60 degrees F, nice 1 hour (weedy!)
4/14/10 Big pond from overflow to azalea 8 ft3 Bags from 2010 70 degrees F, nice 3 hours
4/14/10 New butterfly bush and old butterfly bush along front road 1 ft3 Bag from 2010 70 degrees F, nice 10 minutes
4/18/10 Four cages out far front - Colorado blue spruce, maple, beech, and wild plum 2 ft3 One bag from 2010 55 degrees F, cloudy 20 minutes
4/21/10 Front bed touching southeast corner of the house 2 ft3 One bag from 2010 50 degrees F, drizzle 10 minutes
4/21/10 9 trees in the tree garden - pawpaw with uncaged baby holly, white pine, holly, cedar, mimosa, rose of Sharon, weigela, and Bradford pear 4 ft3 Two bags from 2010 50 degrees F, drizzle 1 hour, 5 minutes
4/21/10 Cages out front - yellow butterfly bush, new paw paw, rose of Sharon 2 ft3 One bag from 2010 55 degrees F, drizzle 40 minutes
4/21/10 Big pond from azalea to brick patio 8 ft3 Four bags from 2010 55 degrees F, raining 3 hours, 24 minutes
4/21/10 New willow tree way out front 0.5 ft3 Part of one bag from 2010 55 degrees F, raining 10 minutes
4/26/10 12 cages out front - big paw paw, smoke tree, two raspberries, new wild plum, apple, weigela, Washington hawthorne, pear, Bradford pear, crabapple, and paw paw 6 ft3 Three bags from 2010 55 degrees F, drizzling 1 hour and 35 minutes
4/28/10 Plants by chicken pen - lots bluebells, fern, 5 Solomon's seals, holly tree 3 ft3 1.5 bags from 2010 50 degrees F, windy 1 hour and 15 minutes
4/28/10 Plants by/in animal graveyard - hosta, liriope, pink azalea, wood poppy, bluebells, two unknown plants 2 ft3 1 bag from 2010 52 degrees F, windy 48 minutes
4/28/10 Plants by heat pump by big pond 1.5 ft3 3/4 of a bag from 2010 52 degrees F, windy 20 minutes
4/28/10 Big pond from brick patio to outlet 5 ft3 2 and 3/4 bags from 2010 55 degrees F, windy 3 hours
5/2/10 6 plants out front - golden rain tree, rhododendron, milkweed, willow, ornamental plum baby, rosy summersweet 2 ft3 1 bag from 2010 85 degrees F, cloudy 50 minutes
5/5/10 3 plants out front - double yellow Japanese rose, azalea, gum tree 2 ft3 1 bag from 2010 80 degrees F, sunny 33 minutes
5/5/10 Big pond from outlet to north side 4 ft3 2 bags from 2010 82 degrees F, sunny 1 hour, 31 minutes
5/9/10 8 cages out front - service berry, red bud, hardy fig tree, rose, crape myrtle, flowering almond, lilac, and unknown tree (crabapple or persimmon) 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 55 degrees F, sunny, very windy 1 hour, 20 minutes
5/16/10 4 cages - 1 new Kwanzan cherry out back, 1 new blackberry out front, 1 new Kwanzan cherry out front, 1 new free red maple tree out front (no cage) 2 ft3 1 bag from 2010 75 degrees F, sunny 30 minutes
5/23/10 Big pond from north side to path 0 Weeded, too wet to lay in mulch 70 degrees F, raining 1.5 hours
5/31/10 Big pond from north side to hosta 7 ft3 3.5 bags from 2010 83 degrees F, sunny, horribly hot 2 hours
5/31/10 8 cages out front - crabapple, red currant, blueberry, red currant, yellow rain tree, horse chestnut (may be a buckeye?), royal paulownia, Scotch broom 5 ft3 2.5 bags from 2010 88 degrees F, sunny, horribly hot 1 hour but felt like 4
6/6/10 12 cages out back - white butterfly bush, two elderberry bushes, red buckeye, butterfly bush, variegated willow, peach, yellow rain tree, native hydrangea, mulberry, huge Leyland cypress, crabapple 10 ft3 5 bags from 2010 80 degrees F, cloudy, raining 2 hours and 6 minutes
6/20/10 Big pond from yucca (northwest side) to butterfly bush (west side) 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 90 degrees F, sunny, hell 2 hours
6/27/10 8 cages out back - mom's new shrub in front of the dead mimosa, fringetree, Washington hawthorne (cage removed), holly tree, variegated forsythia (cage removed), butterfly bush (cage removed), Leyland cypress, and spice bush. 4 ft3 2 bags from 2010 95 degrees F, sunny, hell 1 hour, 20 minutes
7/11/10 Big pond from butterfly bush (west side) to half way to overflow 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 90 degrees F, sunny 1.5 hours
7/18/10 10 cages/plants out back - offshoot of weeping cherry (cage removed), two unknown little bush/perennials, Hercules club (prickly ash), two chokeberry bushes, three astilbes, and one mini rose 4 ft3 2 bags from 2010 90 degrees F, sunny 1 hour
8/1/10 6 cages/plants out back - new big plant (no cage), osage orange in NW corner of land, azalea and three hazelnuts in back iris garden 2 ft3 1 bag from 2010 80 degrees F, cloudy, nice 40 minutes
8/8/10 Big pond from half way to overflow to overflow (and done!) 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 85 degrees F, sunny 1 hour, 20 minutes
9/5/10 11 cages out back - weigela/spirea, red cedar in dog pen, Leyland cypress in dog pen, 8 cages in the old garden - 1 unknown bush (mulched), two osage oranges, two conifers in the back, 1 cage of 4 baby trees (1 rain tree, 2 crab apples, 1 dogwood), 1 cage of 5 baby redbuds, 1 cage of 5 or 6 trees (2 crab apple, 2 Bradford pears, 1 regular dogwood?) 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 76 degrees F, sunny 1 hour, 30 minutes
9/6/10 9 cages out back - pink dogwood, evergreen shrub, mum, ornamental grass, inkberry holly, lilac, cherry tree bush, rose bush, weigela 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 80 degrees F, sunny 1 hour, 50 minutes
9/26/10 Side garden with yucca (weeded an hour the week before) 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 75 degrees F, rained earlier 1 hour
10/3/10 Side of house from yucca garden to anise hyssop 7 ft3 3.5 bags from 2010 65 degrees F 1 hour
10/3/10 Small open area of back iris garden 1 ft3 0.5 bags from 2010 65 degrees F 15 minutes
10/10/10 The rest of the back iris garden 12 ft3 6 bags from 2010 75 degrees F, nice 1 hour, 40 minutes
11/7/10 Front iris garden 6 ft3 3 bags from 2010 49 degrees F, windy 1 hour, 10 minutes; weeded two weeks earlier
11/28/10 Back peony garden, about 20% of it 4 ft3 2 bags from 2010 45 degrees F 1.5 hours


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