Spring Cleanup

Last Thursday’s delivery included 7 cubic yards of double-shredded hardwood mulch and 4 cubic yards of compost blended with topsoil (50-50 blend). I should have ordered plain compost. The compost blend was a mistake and I ended up giving away much of it to a neighbor.

Mulch and Compost

With trepidation I hired assistance this year to help me weed and distribute the mulch. Although I know there were a few victims, such as the Solomon’s Seal I had just recently spotted popping up, but mostly I am pleased and relieved to have this job done.

Post-cleanup Garden View

Post-cleanup Garden View

Post-cleanup Garden View

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29 thoughts on “Spring Cleanup

  1. johnvic8

    It’s a beautiful job well done. The word “pristine” comes to mind. When I lived in Chapel Hill I went to the big leaf pile near Carrboro every year to get mulch. it was free and was wonderful when it was broken down and used for the garden.

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      1. johnvic8

        I had one at the time and it was great source of mulch. I also had a leaf shredder and ran what I picked up through it before putting the mulch in the garden.

  2. Kris Peterson

    Your garden looks marvelous, Susie! I about choked when I saw how much mulch and compost mix you ordered, imagining my own aching back after distributing just 3 cubic yards of mulch. I’m glad you got yourself some help.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I wanted some compost but also needed something to suppress the weeds. The man I ordered from said if I just wanted to spread it on top and not work it in I needed to buy the compost mixed with sand. Once I saw it (upon delivery) I felt it would be too heavy and would bury many of the plants. It would have been great if I’d been creating new beds though.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Brian. I wanted some compost but also needed something to suppress the weeds. The man I ordered from said if I just wanted to spread it on top and not work it in I needed to buy the compost mixed with sand. Once I saw it (upon delivery) I felt it would be too heavy and would bury many of the plants. It would have been great if I’d been creating new beds though.

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      1. Brian Skeys

        I can understand that with the sand in it. We have access to spent mushroom compost, very cheaply, from the mushroom farms. It makes a good mulch.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank Christina. Hope I can stay on top of the garden’s needs for a while. It’s been hard to have time this winter/spring to spend on it. And now the irises are starting to flower so the cleanup was just in time.

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  3. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Wow – perfection. I applaud your ability to find someone to help you. They are in scarce supply here. I get my deliveries in our utility trailer so I don’t have to shovel it twice and can drive around to deliver it. It’s amazing what you have to figure out when you are in the ‘mature’ category. 🙂 Again, looks wonderful.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      That’s a smart way to get your deliveries Judy. Wish I had room for that. We have very narrow access between the houses in our neighborhood, so hiring assistance this year was a relief.

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  4. An Eye For Detail

    It looks just gorgeous Susie!!! And good for you to get some help (buried plants notwithstanding..) We do have our HOA mulch all my outside beds, but I do the inside gardens. This year they put the mulch on MUCH too thick outside, so there was tons for me to then spread inside.
    It was so nice to see you on Tuesday! If you ever want to have lunch, even last minute, just let me know. Would love to meet at the Granary, or Albarello is nice.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Libby! Good to see you too. Didn’t know about Albarello. Let’s try that sometime. Lucky you could repurpose some of the HOA mulch for your inside beds.

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  5. P&B

    It’s pretty neat. I’m envious that you have already done your spring clean up and mulching. I still have to wait over here for the weather to cooperate. It’s been raw, cold and rainy so far.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Oh, hope you get some happier weather soon. Makes me appreciate how much gardening you are able to compress into a much shorter growing period. Weeds are still springing up everywhere, so I’ll have to stay on top of things to keep things looking tidy.

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