Second-Hand Mulch

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Free Mulch

We’ve gotten many things second-hand over the years, but I never though mulch would be one of them. Here’s the story that goes along with our latest find:

Our daughters are in separate schools this year. We pick up our youngest daughter, and then 40 minutes later, we pick up our oldest daughter. Since that doesn’t really leave enough time to go home again, we’ve just been sitting in a shady pavilion at the church across the street from the school. My husband and daughter bring a card game or a board game to play, and I read. It’s been a nice use of the time.


Well, when we got there yesterday, there was a landscaper working on the playground next to the pavilion. We talked with him for a few minutes, and he explained that he was having to dig up, and haul off, all the mulch around the playground because the ground didn’t drain properly (they’d put the mulch on top of a bed of sand). Now, we’re talking about a big playground with six-inch deep or better mulch. I can’t even begin to guess how many yards of mulch were there, and it was all beautiful, dark, partially-composted mulch.

So, you know what I did next, right? I asked him what he was going to do with it. And happy day, he responded by asking if we wanted some. In fact, he even offered to deliver it. We only live a mile from the church, so our house was the perfect drop spot for him, and he was happy to see it go to good use.

He’s dropped off two truck loads so far, and he still has one more to go. That’ll make a total of nine yards of mulch, and all he wanted was $40 to cover the delivery. We tried to give him $60, and he wouldn’t take it. After insisting that he take $50, he announced that the load of horse manure he’d offered to bring me will now be free. So, for $50 we’ll end up with nine yards of mulch and three yards of manure. That’s one heck of a deal.

I called our local garden center to see what they were charging for mulch, and it’s $30 a yard. That means it would have cost us $270, plus tax and delivery. And that’s not even counting the value of the manure.

Freshly Mulched Front Yard

Now comes the fun of spreading nine yards of mulch. Maybe free mulch is lighter? Hey, a girl can hope.

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One Comment

  1. Nice share. It never hurts to ask. By asking what he was going to do with the mulch, you opened up an opportunity for saving $220. Great job. Will have to keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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