Monday, April 25, 2011

Wood Chip Saturday

On Saturday, Patrick and I were up bright and early. We were ready for a long day of putting wood chips down in our landscaping. Our friend Adam has a trailer, so we used that to transport the wood chips. Before Adam got to our house I started finishing up cleaning up the dead plants from last fall.

Here is a photo of the front on Friday before I cleaned up the dead plants and added the wood chips.

Woodchips - Front Before

And here is the perennial garden on a cold wet Saturday morning.

Woodchips - Garden Before

The plan was to use the free wood chips from the yard waste site. Patrick had looked at the website earlier in the week and it showed a much larger pile than when we arrived. We decided to take what we could and see how far it would go.

Woodchips - At Yard Waste Site

Here is a close up of the free wood chips.

Woodchips with Snow

At the yard waste site we had to shovel the chips into the trailer. What a pain. Obviously I was not much help with this aspect. It took the three of us about 45 minutes to load up the trailer.

Patrick with Woodchips

The first load of wood chips only went about half the length of the back fence line. Patrick and Adam went back to see if they could add least get enough to finish the back fence line. They were only able to get about a half the amount we got the first time, but we were able to finish the back fence line.

After that it was already lunchtime and we all needed something to eat. We had lunch at Chipotle and decided on a game plan for the afternoon. Patrick did some calling around and we ended up deciding to get the rest of our wood chips at the Dundee Nursery.

At Dundee they just dump the chips into your trailer. That cut down on quite a bit of time.

Woodchips at Dundee

I guess you get what you pay for. The wood chips at Dundee were much nicer and ended up being a lot easier to move around and shovel out of the trailer.

Woodchips from Dundee

Here is an in progress shot. You can see how desperately we needed to do this. The previous owners put down wood chips before we moved in, but that was almost 3 years ago now. In the future, we should really do this every other year.

Woodchips progress

We ended up getting eight and half cubic yards of wood chips to do our entire yard. In the future nine cubic yards would be just the right amount. We got two and half cubic yards for free and we paid for six cubic yards. Dundee had a sale buy one cubic yard get the second half off. For our six cubic yards we paid $184 with tax. If we would have paid full price and not got the free stuff it would have been around $360 ($40 per cubic yard), so all in all we saved a lot of money with the sale and the free wood chips. And we would have never finished this project in one day without Adam and Maran's help. Maran came over later in the day and helped me spread out the wood chips, while Patrick and Adam loaded the wheelbarrow and dumped it in the garden areas.

Here are the after photos. It looks so much nicer, I am glad that we spent the time and money to do this. Hopefully it will cut down on some weeds this summer as well.

Woodchips backyard after

Woodchips near garden

Woodchips Garden After

Woodchips collage

Woodchips Front After

Woodchips Front Before & After

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