Redcliffe Pier

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

MULCHING MADNESS

To try to keep the soil moist and stop the weeds taking over, it was time to mulch the garden again. This time instead of expensive Tea Tree bark, I'm using sugar cane mulch. It doesn't look as good but hopefully it will do the job. It is relatively easy to lay it down.

 I had thirty bales delivered. It is packed in layers 

 which are easy to carry 
 and then pull apart and spread that is a bit tough on the old back.
Just a few hours for a few days and it was done. That is the back yard now the front needs doing.
The plants like it to keep their roots cool and moist.

 The magpie watched and it can still find insects to eat.

 The wallaby doesn't mind he can still find juicy leaves to eat.

The Brush Turkey is not so sure. It finds it harder to dig up the ground looking for whatever. So it tries the pot plant?

28 comments:

  1. I am sure your garden will be happy for the mulch! Love the bird, cute wallaby and the turkey!!

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  2. Lovely lot of wildlife you have visiting

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  3. Oh I could use you here around the farm:) Awesome shots love the bush turkey. B

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  4. Where is ToH when it comes to hard work? Ah, someone has to take the photos.

    Amazing that you get wallabies and brush turkeys in your garden.

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  5. that's a lot of s/c mulch. I need some more here too. It's a messy job with all the dust blowing about from it but it is good to see it down. $15 a bale down here or 2 for $28. May be cheaper at Bunnings than the nursery.

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  6. If anyone else is wondering what TOH was doing check out his blog:http://billsponderings-wilbo43.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/riccotta-and-spinach-ravioli.html?showComment=1381322979368

    Maybe it is called role reversal or maybe we're just a modern family.

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  7. Great minds think alike Diane. We spent the weekend spreading mulch too. We are using a local product, Lupin Mulch which is in a bag like a wool bale . This has improved our soil so much and is great for keeping the moisture in too. To help things along we had 11 mils of rain today so that has bedded it in nicely. Keep up the good work. I still have a bit more to do too.

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  8. love the shot of the magpie and would love to meet a wallaby.. first i have heard of sugar cane mulch, but I do love sugar cane, and have not chewed a piece in many a years.

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  9. You did such a wonderful job of mulching your garden that I would like you to come and mulch our flower beds for us in the Spring.

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  10. 30 bales is a lot of work, but i bet your garden appreciates it. love your critters you have!!

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  11. I'm hoping that the Magpie, the Wallaby, and the Brush Turkey all helped you spread that mulch.... ha ha

    Good Job, Diane.... I'm sure it will help to keep those pesky weeds away...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. A lot of work, I am surprised the wallaby comes so close.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  13. A wallby in your garden! How fun. The garden is looking neat and tidy with all that mulch. Good job!

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  14. What a great story, Diane. I like that you're spreading mulch while I'm shoveling snow!

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  15. That is a lot of hard work! We need to mulch here, too. I took a peek at what Bill was cooking up. May I come for dinner?

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  16. Tim use to mulch around here but not any more he says he can't be bothered with a garden anymore. It doesn't bother me as I am not a garden person

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  17. That gave me a chuckle. In my experience the scrub turkey will find what he wants before anything else does! And I b et he helps spread that mulch around, too. :)

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  18. What a wonderful gift it is, being able to create and maintain such a fantastic garden.
    Wallaby, brush turkey and maggie all have an excellent eye.

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  19. Hey you are lucky the scrub turkey is not undoing all our hard work and raking the compost into a giant pile. That's what happened to our neighbours in Brisbane.

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  20. You're a busy garden person. Been hot I heard up your way, good to get the mulch on the garden.

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  21. Wow ! you worked hard ! I use salt against the weeds in our gravel. Love the Wallaby picture, looks so cute !

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  22. You can say that again Diane ... back-breaking work but it will be worth the effort once our sweltering hot summer days begin.

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  23. It looks like you had a lot of visitors checking out the new mulch. It may not look as well (I think it looks fine) but it will do the job come the summer heat.

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  24. Goodness, that is a heck of a lot of mulch! Here in Lanzarote we grow everything on picon (volcanic) which I suppose acts as its own mulch. I'm sure your hard work will pay off though.

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  25. Definitely back backing type work.
    Loved your 'visitors'!
    Your turkeys have a more colorful head than mine. I didn't realize wallabys visited you. How cool!

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  26. I've just been enjoying your LA adventures Diane.. Nice (not) surprise for your daughter :) my niece used this kind of mulch, it probably doesn't look as attractive as pine bark but I think it does a really good job! We really do have to prepare for our summers don't we!

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  27. Lots of work but all worth it Love the animal pictures I just found out that there are a lot of wallabies in nz

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  28. Looks like work, but also looks worth it! Nice menagerie" there in your yard. (Gotta' admit that 'pot plant' made me do a doubletake...that has a different meaning in the Pacific Northwest... ..Our definition, I guess it would be a very mellow turkey ;>)

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