Tigermoose wrote:In the past, I have just made a couple trips to Lowes and loaded up with some bags of Scott's mulch at $5 per 2 cu ft . This probably cost me around $100-$120 total . It seems like there should be a better option. Any ideas?
Limitations: I don't have a pickup truck. I do have a Honda CRV, so I guess I could put down a tarp in the back of that and fill it up with some mulch.
When you say 'yard', does that mean just your landscaping or your lawn, also?
In any event, the best mulch is a good quality compost. For your lawn, a 1/4 inch top dressing a few times per year works wonders. For your 'beds', 3-4-5 inches is about right.
You can use compost as mulch, but you can't use mulch as compost.
If you need help locating a good quality compost in your area, let me know, I have some 'connections' via the Master Gardener's Program.
Here is a snip From Wash St Univhttp://whatcom.wsu.edu/ag/compost/funda ... nefits.htm
Using compost as mulch, in the soil or as potting media is beneficial in many ways.
Compost contains a full spectrum of essential plant nutrients. You can test the nutrient levels in your compost and soil to find out what other supplements it may need for specific plants.
Compost contains macro and micronutrients often absent in synthetic fertilizers.
Compost releases nutrients slowly—over months or years, unlike synthetic fertilizers
Compost enriched soil retains fertilizers better. Less fertilizer runs off to pollute waterways.
Compost buffers the soil, neutralizing both acid & alkaline soils, bringing pH levels to the optimum range for nutrient availability to plants.
Compost helps bind clusters of soil particles, called aggregates, which provide good soil structure. Such soil is full of tiny air channels & pores that hold air, moisture and nutrients.
Compost helps sandy soil retain water and nutrients.
Compost loosens tightly bound particles in clay or silt soil so roots can spread, water drain & air penetrate.
Compost alters soil structure, making it less likely to erode, and prevents soil spattering on plants—spreading disease.
Compost can hold nutrients tight enough to prevent them from washing out, but loosely enough so plants can take them up as needed.
Compost makes any soil easier to work.
Compost brings and feeds diverse life in the soil. These bacteria, fungi, insects, worms and more support healthy plant growth.
Compost bacteria break down organics into plant available nutrients. Some bacteria convert nitrogen from the .....
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