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Spent the day hauling in next year's mulch supply. I had been getting Cottonwood chipper shavings from an area Amish pallet plant about 15 miles from home. Their plant burned last Spring & when they re-built, they don't pile the shavings outside anymore. So this morning I went looking for another source. The first Amish sawmill I stopped at wasn't sawing Cottonwood, but told me the next mill (1/4 mile away) was, so I checked there. For $5/load they would load it for me, so I came home & got my 16' trailer & headed back. Brought home the first load about 10:30, unloaded it & went after the second load afternoon, I'll unload it in a few days (not getting any younger). This mill is 13 miles from home & I don't have to go through town to get to it!

I've used Cottonwood for nearly 30 years to mulch both the vegetable gardens and trees & shrubs, hold down weeds & helps control moisture. I add a little extra Nitrogen in the Spring & keep an eye on the Ph levels. ~~ grnspot
 

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Nice! $5 loaded..I'd do that anytime. sounds like you'll be ready for the season. Do you use it to insulate the plants over the winter as well and how is it with insects?
 

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Nice work! It sounds like you not only benefited your garden, but helped out some others as well. :cool:

$5 loaded..I'd do that anytime.
No kidding!
 

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Nice! $5 loaded..I'd do that anytime. sounds like you'll be ready for the season. Do you use it to insulate the plants over the winter as well and how is it with insects?
I use it year-round. Never had any insect problems, but I wouldn't use it against any buildings! We've ha termites in the hickory blocks I use for the triple-deck fountain:
 

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:ROFL I absolutely love the fountain! The chip of choice down here in FL is cypress mulch. Its fair against the bugs. Pine bark is a big no no. I have gravel all the way around the house. It keeps it simple, spray it with round up and blow it off with the blower. Its good to control the bugs too. :)
 

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:ROFL I absolutely love the fountain! The chip of choice down here in FL is cypress mulch. Its fair against the bugs. Pine bark is a big no no. I have gravel all the way around the house. It keeps it simple, spray it with round up and blow it off with the blower. Its good to control the bugs too. :)
Thanks!

I've used some Cypress "blend" & pine bark around some shrubs at times when I didn't have enough sawdust. The first mill I stopped at today chips their "slabs", I'll probably get a load of that next Spring for the shrubs away from the house.

I use multi-colored "river gravel" around the house too. ~~ grnspot
 

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The gravel I used was called #57. It use to be a foundation for a citrus plant. They used a giant million dollar pulverizer that smashes the concrete into predetermined sizes for re-use in new concrete. I could by it cheap by the truck load and I did! Around the house and pool, thick layer too on heavy plastic. Made a great barrier.
 

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Dang I thought $10 a tractor scoop was a great deal
 

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Dang I thought $10 a tractor scoop was a great deal
This was a big JD 4-wheel loader, three scoops filled my 16' trailer! ~~ grnspot
 

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Thats 1 scoop on my "lil tyke" ...... at that rate it would take 8 to fill my car hauler :ROFL
 
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