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Alongside our first home, with little cash, my husband and I landscaped the street side with cast off railroad ties and clearance junipers. The tiered garden remains, but now the tiny twigs of shrubs nearly overwhelm the small brick home.
Green gardening doesn't mean less green in the wallet. There are creative ways to reuse materials meant for the landfill.
Lugging heavy bags of mulch home from the nursery is costly and hard on the back. And those bags don't spread very far, do they?
Each spring cities make mountains of recycled and chipped wood mulch available to gardeners in public parks. This mulch can be used on gardens or to define pathways, and the pile is replenished weekly, through fall. Starting in April, fill every available container and cart with this nicely shredded mulch.
Pre-puppy days, there was the occasional splurge on coco mulch. The bags were light, and the contents easily distributed. The deep brown mulch was expensive, but for a few days the garden smelled like chocolate!
Unlike a purse and shoes, it's not fashionable to match the bricks to the mulch.
Don't heap mulch up around the base of a tree, it's terribly unhealthy. Leave at least a foot around the trunk. The roots should taper outward like clawed feet
Sprinkle the (cooled) grounds around the base of each plant or shrub, water, or let just the rain slowly dissolve the compost.
Otherwise, fill a watering can with warm water and toss some grounds into the mix, for a quick approach.
Either way, the garden, and the gardener, will enjoy a well deserved coffee break.
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