For weeks Robert has been busy cutting down trees, so many that I started thinking about hiding his chain saw. But if I did that, he’d just go buy another one.
Then shortly after he removed these trees the county filed a burn ban. It’s odd to have a burn ban this time of year but with rainfall only occurring about every two or three weeks I guess it makes sense.
Since then these piles have been sitting still making this place appear like a war zone.
Let’s not forget that sitting burn piles are like a hotel for rodents so we knew a natural solution was necessary. We decided to go for a drive and found ourselves at Tractor Supply purchasing a new shredder to make mulch.
The Shredder from Tractor Supply
When we lived on the farm I dreamed one day of having a shredder to make my own mulch, that day finally arrived and all this rubble is in the process of being turned into mulch. We basically took a lemon of a situation and made lemonade.
After purchasing this machine at Tractor Supply, we hurried home and put it to work. Progress surfaced and after a couple hours we had bags of mulch for the garden.
Shredder likes and dislikes
- Make in the USA – Score!
- Easy to move and start – just slowly pull continuously and it cranks right up.
- Two shredder inserts – bottom chops better than top insert.
- The catch bag is great but it has a plastic zipper – the zipper broke after three loads.
- Overall – we love it and it gets the job done.
Beautiful Chopped Mulch
This is the pretties mulch I’ve ever used and found it to be useful beyond the garden. The following list are just a few ways to incorporate natural mulch in your environment.
- Raised beds to manage soil temperature and moisture
- Keeps weeds at a distance
- Great for walk paths
- Raised bed Prep mixture – perfect for clay soil
- Playground covering and the list goes on….
We’re chopping fresh cedar, this includes limbs and greens in addition to other tree debris. It’s smells so good; I’m in mulch heaven.
No more using hay in the garden and no more purchasing bags or yards of mulch from retailers. Woo Hoo!
We filled all the existing raised beds, front entry bed and covered the ground around the garden to the creek bridge. It looks so neat and we still have containers full and more to chop.
So, I said to Robert, lets bag it up, cut the large trunks for fire wood and move it on down the road.
Gotta love it when a burn ban forces you to think outside the box.
Who knows maybe one-day we’ll have our own brand of garden mulch, all natural straight from the land. I’ll keep dreaming because when we stop dreaming we stop living…