I'm the guy you take to work with you every day, the Prime Minister of Twang Clay JD Walker! Catch me on The Wolf weekdays from 10-3, and check my blog often for my random musings about stuff going on!
Now that the weather has turned warm, I have no other choice but to shut off the X-Box, and turn on the weedeater, mower, blower, edger, and anything else that requires gasoline from the little red cans.Â Inspired by Chad, the neighbor with the awesome yard, here's the latest update on the Extreme Yard Makeover, where I've removed 10 sticky, sharp holly bushes, most of their roots, and replaced with raised bed vegetable gardens.Â My thoughts, why spend 1.99/pound on maters when you can have 64 bucks in the bed, plus a load of dirt, plants, and a higher water bill!Â Just sayin'.Â Check out the progress, cause I'm so proud!
Let me just tell you, your Prime Minister is all about saving money.Â What can I say...I'm a tightwad...or just frugal, take your pick.Â I've been contemplating how I can spruce up my front yard for almost the entire year I've living in my home in High Point.Â I knew that I wanted to put new mulch around the 'natural area' in my front yard, and around the flower beds, but there are so many that I didn't want to open my feable wallet up that much to buy $3 bags of prepackaged mulch.
I give all of the credit to my neighbor Chad.Â He and his wife both have degrees from NC State in Horticulture, so needless to say, both of their thumbs are more than green.Â He informed me that I could go to the City of High Point's Yard Waste Recycling Center and buy mulch by the ton.Â He said that at that particular plant (which, by the way, isn't very far at all from my house), the city takes all of the yard waste they pick up and convert it into either engineered soil (compost) or wood mulch.Â Sure, it isn't as pretty as the stuff you buy at Lowes, but it gets the job done...especially at the $17/ton price.
Yep...$17/ton.Â So, thanks to Howlin' Hottie Jill's husband Daniel, I took his trailer over to the recycling facility and got 1.25 tons of mulch to put in my flower beds.
Seriously, think about this: you save money in the first place by getting a ridiculously low price on mulch, and you help save the environment by finding a better use for otherwise wasted fallen limbs, trees, leaves and more.Â Plus, there's a greater impact on the environment.Â Because this mulch isn't packaged at all, there isn't more plastic and all of the hazardous chemicals relased back into the environment.Â And think about the positive impact there is by not having to have semitrucks trucks rolling across the country to ship this stuff.Â It's locally picked up within the city, then distributed again back into the city.
Now, I'm not an environmentalist by any means, but I do feel really good about the 1thing I did to spruce up my yard, simply because that 1thing turned into over a dozen positive environmental actions!