Roses forum: Mud for boogers anyone?

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Oct 4, 2010 10:02 AM CST
I know, weird title, huh. But that should explain the whole thing, personally speaking.

A few months ago, I was able to get a huge pile of mulch, a literally dumptruck worth, for $85, which is beyond cheap. I stole it, basically, and had to pay for delivery, which I'm not going to complain about. I need the mulch as I'm trying to mulch my back yard almost entirely as I don't have grass and am tired of the weeds. So, little by little, I've been moving this veritable mountain of mulch out of my driveway (thank goodness for a lack of an HOA, they'd been having apoplexy right about now with how long it's taken me) and installing it right the first time. Which means yanking out the weeds (by hand), laying down the weedblock fabric (I've already gone through a 100' roll & a 25' roll, and now half-way through a 200' roll), and then moving the mulch bucket by bucket (well, using two of these: http://www.homedepot.com/Storage-Organization-Storage-Totes-...) into the back. I've already mulched in the west side where it was nothing but bare dirt & pea gravel.. looks pretty good if I can say so myself. I also created 2 fenced in areas for some new trees I put in (I put in 3 trees in these areas, a Canadian Chokecherry, a Sunburst Locust, & a Princeton Gold maple, plus a Charles Joly lilac, but I had to include my 1-year old Autumn Purple Ash as my puppy Waffles was constantly digging it up), then started to mulch the east side. I'm laying down the mulch anywhere from 6-8" thick in all places, so there should be plenty of protection from both cold and sun. But it's the shoveling of the mulch into the buckets that's the pain in the butt. Having to use the spading fork to break up the mulch pile, then using a snow shovel to put it into the bucket, then carting the bucket into the back. I moved approximately 4 cubit yards (each 3x3x3ft, so I emptied a section that was about 6' wide, 4' tall, and 8' deep.. I'm not good at math, but that's a lot of mulch Hilarious! ) this way yesterday. I've been able to envision what it's going to look like now for about 2 years, but DH doesn't have that kind of an imagination, so he couldn't figure out what it's going to look like. Well, yesterday evening, he finally was able to see what it is going to look like. I still have a lot of work to do, lots and lots and lots as I have to rip out about 4-5 tons of rock and re-set it, plus put in stepping stones and a sitting area near my pond so I can put my bench there.

But I did get a complement yesterday! We have new neighbors (again) on our west side (rental house) and the grandma told me that my front yard reminded her of her parent's front yard when she was younger.. her father was bed-ridden (this was in the 30s I guess) and, to keep her mom's mind going, they ripped out all the front yard and planted roses and flowers. Then, when her parents passed away, she sold the house and the new owners ripped out all the roses & whatnot and planted grass.

I think that should be against the law or something. :)

But, moving that much mulch always ends up being a very dirty, dusty job. Which is why the mud for boogers and the shower-water ends up turning brown when I wash my hair (I really need a haircut.. it's getting way too long).
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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Oct 5, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Someone's having way too much fun in the garden, methinks.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Oct 5, 2010 1:59 PM CST
That's what gardens are for!
Porkpal
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Oct 6, 2010 10:19 AM CST
I dunno, I think I would have sprang for a wheel barrow.

alan

























Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Oct 6, 2010 3:02 PM CST
Wheelbarrow wouldn't work. I have bricks (http://www.kebur.co.uk/products/edging/edging_scalloped_edgi...) lining my entire front yard, so I'd have to rip them out first to drive the wheelbarrow. Plus, the wheelbarrow would actually be more work than the storage totes, for about the same amount of mulch. Not to mention the flat tires and splinters from the handles. I have a wheelbarrow.. haven't used it .. well, ever!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
Charter ATP Member Region: Southwest Gardening Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Plumerias Plant and/or Seed Trader Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Butterflies Bulbs Container Gardener
GardenGuyAZ
Oct 6, 2010 3:12 PM CST
I'm sorry, I have the same conditions as you and there are things you can do to resolve all your problems.

The first and most important one is to by a solid rubber tire instead of an inflatable one. Put temporary dirt berms where you have bricks. You could have finished the project in a weekend instead of several months.

But, if this works best for you, then carry on.

Alan

























Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Oct 6, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Reason why it's taken months is because I'm lazy, plain and simple. I could honestly move the whole monster pile in about 3 days, but I'm lazy. And I love procrastinating. Why on earth should I move dusty nasty mulch when I can go to the nursery and buy more plants? Seriously, aren't plants a lot more fun than mulch? Not to mention I usually only work on the mulch on Sundays.. Saturdays are my day to be off w/DH & the dogs going here & there, plus we took two mini-vacations down to NM, and with Sundays, I usually only work from lunch until sunset or dinner, whichever comes first. However, 2 weekends ago, I was serious about moving the mulch.. I was prepared to move the whole damned thing in one day. Moved my van outta the way on the driveway, emptied it of all the plants I needed, and clobbered myself with the hatch latch right on the soft spot in the middle of my skull. Gave myself a concussion. Wobbled around for about an hour before I passed out from dizziness and exhaustion, DH had to help me shower to get the dust out of my hair, slept for about 12 hours, took way too much Tylenol. He was really worried about me and kept on wanting to take me to the hospital. Showed him on web-MD that medical help wouldn't really help, they'd just put an ice pack on my head and tell me to rest & take Tylenol.. I don't need to be paying an emergency room charge for that! Then this past Saturday the in-laws ( Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling ) came by (I was totally rude to them, not inviting them into my house, but my home will never ever EVER be clean enough for them because I have pets and they hate animals in the house), so that day was shot. DH promised to help me this weekend as we're in for our first possible snow shower next week & I need to get the rest of the mulch out of the way for 2 reasons: to protect the roses & so I can get my van in teh garage. What a luxury!!
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/TweetsnTreats
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses
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Steve812
Oct 6, 2010 5:12 PM CST
Procrastination is my favorite hobby. I might do some of that a little later. And mulching... um ... later still.

Maybe I can put enough plants into the garden that I won't need mulch? Anyway, I find the weather here so pleasant that I go out into the garden just looking for something to do, and end up pulling weeds. It's so much better than wheelbarrows and concussions, and whatnot.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Roses Raises cows Garden Ideas: Level 2
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Oct 6, 2010 10:17 PM CST
I have a great cart with bicycle wheels. It will roll over anything including edging pavers, logs, curbs, sleeping dogs...
Porkpal

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