I've been putting down new mulch in the pathways lately, half a yard at a time. This is what it looked like a week ago, after the first yard.
I've been getting half a yard, all that will fit in my little Toyota Tacoma, most days after work. It only takes four wheelbarrows full, half an hour, to unload and spread. Below is what it looked like today after spreading the latest half yard.
I'm lovin' it! And all just a little half yard at a time. Like eating an elephant.
I was just talking about this to a customer yesterday, and another one today. They were both overwhelmed because I'd just explained to neophyte-gardeners-them how much compost they'd need to haul and spread and work into their planting beds and over their lawn. I told them of my garden mulch project, how I'm doing it just a half an hour a day, and how good it's looking after just a little more than a week. I gave them a pep talk about how they could do it themselves, that they didn't need to hire anyone or beg favors from guy friends with trucks. I wish I would have had these pictures to show them.
I used to get two full yards at a time when I had my big truck. It was a chore to unload. I'd be out there for hours shoveling and spreading and shoveling and spreading. I came to dread it.
So I avoided doing it. I'd sheet mulched and put down new mulch each year, but the weeds kept coming, some probably because I waited 'til the last minute, avoiding. Last year I had some health problems (I'm a lot better now.), so the weeds really got away from me.
One year of seeds equals seven years of weeds. I saw the writing on the wall early this year (after two days of pulling weeds out of the walkways, and that was with Rhonda helping. Ugh.), so sprung for black contractor's plastic right away and made the firm decision to just eat that elephant one half yard of pine bark mulch at a time.
I'm done fighting weeds. I want a pretty garden that's easy(er) to keep up.
I think I have it now.
I may sound all calm here, but inside I'm jumpin up and down and dancing a HELLUVA jig!