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Photo Essay: Mulching the Yard

Xeriscaping update:  It only took 3 hours and 40 minutes to get the better part of that big pile of mulch into the front yard and spread around.

Amidst all the mulching, I also had to remove a pile of cut up mesquite branches from the yard’s main water harvesting basin. Those branches were left here by The Pedaling Arborist, who trimmed my mesquite back in December.

Some of the branches are now sitting at the top of the driveway, awaiting their next assignment. Others have been deployed to the vegetable garden, where they’re serving as a feral cat unwelcome mat.

The mulch I didn’t use was taken away by a Watershed Management Group employee and her husband. Much of the credit for how my yard looks goes to the Watershed Management Group. I’ve been part of the WMG Co-op for four years, and I’ve hosted three Co-op workshops:

  1. April 2010 – Yard Tuneup
  2. October 2009 – Tear Down the Wall
  3. August 2008 – Berms and Basins

Another shout-out goes to Romeo Tree Service, which bestowed this mulch on me, free of charge.

Romeo’s Veronica Kewitz says, “We deliver mulch mainly because we like helping the community, local schools, churches, garden clubs and the environment — we all benefit by having this free service —  and of course we do save money by not going to landfill.”

Moving from east to west, here’s my freshly mulched front yard:

Nature photography - freshly mulched xeriscape, Tucson Arizona

Nature photography - freshly mulched xeriscape, Tucson Arizona

Nature photography - freshly mulched xeriscape, Tucson Arizona

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