Many months ago I started seeing an ad for Chip Drop, a service that connects homeowners with arborists. You offer to take a truckload of wood chips, the arborists get to unload their goods without driving them to the dump, and the environment is happy for both of you. As the ad continued to haunt me in my social media feeds, I could feel my force fields weakening. Unlike the canine hot dog Halloween costume, this was something that I could actually picture myself using.
|Mulched garden bed|
"Pile" is probably not the correct word. Mountain, heap, mass... It was a lot.
As I started to enthusiastically shovel, wheelbarrow, and dump the chips into my garden beds, my garden started to transform. My half-filled garden beds now had a thick layer of mulch on top, ready to hold in the moisture and keep the roots from getting too hot. Once all of my garden beds were topped off, the pile looked as if I hadn't started.
|And I still have this much left...|
I finally attached a great word to the wood chips in my social media world - free. I posted free wood chips and mulch on every platform I could imagine, and slowly but surely people have taken the pile away, to the point that it is almost gone.
So to anybody contemplating using Chip Drop for your garden... I highly recommend the service. It is fantastic, free, and exciting (in that "free-mulch-for-your-garden" kind of way). But, I would also make sure that you have several neighbors lined up to take some of the wood chips as well. Unless you'd like a mound of mulch in your driveway for...well...ever.
Maybe I can throw some Christmas lights on it and add it to my holiday decorations.
Please contact me if you need some mulch.