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Old 05-24-2007, 10:23 AM   #1
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I bought my first home last year and yard was beautifully landscaped. The lawn is 24K sq ft. In the backyard, there are two huge areas where some trees and plants grow which were nicely mulched. Now, most of the mulch has broken down. I need to remulch the areas, the problem is, one is 48x20 and the other is 40x25. This, plus the front of the house which is another 500sq ft. It would cost me $41/ cu yard for hemlock and EVEN if I only put down 2" on top of what is left there now it will cost $600 delivered. No way can I do that. For 3" we are talking $1000. I need alternative ideas. I like the areas, I don't think I want to just plant grass around them. I could greatly reduce the size of the mulch, but I think it might look funny. Other suggestions? Cost is a major factor - I'm very new to landscape. Thanks.

Here is a picture showing the two areas, I can get better ones later.
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I have no suggestions, but I just wanted to tell you that I am very jealous of the amount of green space that you have.

It looks beautiful to me, leave it the way it is.

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You could invest in rubber/plastic mulch which will keep its color for about 10 years.

http://www.permalife.com/MulchProducts.asp
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You could invest in rubber/plastic mulch which will keep its color for about 10 years.

http://www.permalife.com/MulchProducts.asp


Looks great, but ouch - $3,600.
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You could invest in rubber/plastic mulch which will keep its color for about 10 years.
It may last a long time, but is that something that you want to put in your backyard.
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$3,600 / 10 years = $360/year < $600/year



Personally, I'm not in the market for that amount of mulch, so I can't say I've considered it myself. If you look at the benes, it's eco friendly and:

Made from 100% recycled tires
Environmentally safe & sensitive (does not consume forest resources)
All colors are non-toxic, HAPS-free & non-staining
Exclusive Microban Protection
Non-harmful to children, pets or animals
Will not attract termites or Insects like other mulches
Saves time and money every year by replacing the need for annually mulching
Long-lasting, vibrant colors will retain its look year after year
Available In Vibrant Colors To Match Your Landscape
Heavier and more durable than other mulch materials
Will not float away in heavy rain or blow away with the wind
Protects against mosquito nesting, rubber mulch remains dry on top
Insulates root systems from harsh winter weather
Acts as a weed barrier with a 2" or greater application
Helps retain vital moisture in the ground for plants, shrubs and trees
Excellent drainage for use around plants and flowerbeds
Colors resist fading, decomposition and leaching

Since he lives in a wooded area, maybe he should invest in a chipper/shredder, and go to town with his back to the woods? Make your own mulch with leaves and sticks.
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Handy - you absolutely are correct, the overall scheme is definitely positive. Ammortized over the 10 year life of the material, its actually cheap. However, a dollar today..... I just don't have the money to invest right now. I can't believe 2" of bark mulch costs $600.... Thanks a lot for the suggestions so far.
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We have some stuff at the golf course its called mulch magic. You spray it on the old mulch to bring it new life. So if you order just some of the mulch to mix in with a rake you could spray that stuff on there to even out the spread. good luck.

i'm in the opposite end of the spectrum. Moved into a house where 500 sq ft is all mulch instead of grass because the old owners had dogs that ruined the grass. now we're trying to regrass so i tried the lazy version and grassed the 6 inches of mulch. but its coming in really thin. so we'll see...but i dont think there is enough nutrient and its a bit droughty... who knows..
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I have no suggestions, but I just wanted to tell you that I am very jealous of the amount of green space that you have.

It looks beautiful to me, leave it the way it is.
Thanks, unfortunately It doesn't look quite the way it is in those pics - the mulch areas have broken down significantly more than that and are haboring weeds like crazy. I have to do something. But the greenspace really is nice, regardless as is the peace and quite and tranquility. Its 24K sq of green and the woods are 5 miles deep!

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ahhhhhh.

My little girl wants to move in with you.
The cat just doesn't cut it any more......(after seeing your picture)
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I don't mean to sound stupid but are you from Montana.
Is that what MA stands for?
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have you thought about putting in some srubs or creeping plants so as to cut down the area that would need mulch
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I would think twice about the rubber mulch.

It is super expensive and does not put nutrients into the soil. More importantly, after a year or so, the rubber mulch will be covered with leaves and pine needles. Do you really want rubber in your yard forever?

A neighbor across my street bought the rubber mulch last year. She put natural mulch on top this year because of the reasons mentioned above.

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