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Photo Essay: Free Yard Mulch

In the life of a xeriscaper, there are fewer questions sweeter than “Would you like some free mulch?”

Why the affection for ground up tree trunks, branches, and leaves? Because mulch holds moisture in the soil. It also builds the soil and controls weeds. In the arid Southwestern United States, we like such things. A lot.

Yesterday was free yard mulch day at my house. It came courtesy of Romeo Tree Service, which offers it at no charge. And that includes delivery. Romeo does this in order to avoid costly trips to the landfill. If you’re in the tree business, those tipping fees can really add up.

Here’s the Romeo crew, preparing to dump a truckload of fresh mesquite mulch on my driveway…

Photo essay - Romeo Tree Service delivery of free yard mulch, Tucson, Arizona

Here it comes!

Photo essay - Romeo Tree Service dumping a load of free yard mulch, Tucson, Arizona

Photo essay - Romeo Tree Service dumping a load of free yard mulch, Tucson, Arizona

Photo essay - Romeo Tree Service dumping a load of free yard mulch, Tucson, Arizona

Okay, so now I’ve got this big pile of free mulch in my driveway. In honor of this occasion, I got up bright and early to get some of it into the yard before work.

Since I don’t have a wheelbarrow, I’m using a trio of five-gallon buckets to move the mulch. It’s not difficult to push handfuls of mulch into the buckets, then haul them over to the piles I’ve created in the yard.

Matter of fact, it took only 40 minutes to reduce the driveway pile by a third. Only two more thirds to move, and then I’ve got some mulch raking to do.

Tip: Want some free mulch for your yard? Use the Romeo Tree Service request form.

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