what to do with mulch

atibbs(z5 NY)May 10, 2005

Last August I got married at my property in the Catskills. I had just recently seeded a large area with grass, but torrential rains flooded the space where I put my tent, leaving nothing but a huge mud pit. In desperation, I ordered 8 yards of cedar mulch to put on top of the mud, so folks would have a place to stand around without sinking up to their knees.

My question is what do I do with all the mulch? It's about 1 foot deep in an area roughly 40x20 feet. The area is a low spot in my yard. Can I just cover it up with top soil and re-seed? Can I make some kind of huge lasanga bed with it, or will it not decompose fast enough? I can of course just dig/rake it all up, but then I still have the problems of putting it somewhere else....

Thanks in advance for any advice...

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JoyGarden(z4 NY)

I would leave it there and make a garden out of it. Gives you an excuse to go buy plants! ;) You could also make it into a veggie garden. Just make rows in the mulch for the seeds or plants. If you don't want to keep the mulch I'm sure you could sell it fairly easily. Where in the Catskills are you?

Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2005 at 6:01PM
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AbbeysDad(z5 CNY)

Just my $.02, but don't cover it up and reseed as cedar mulch would be a bad foundation for a lawn area - if you really want grass there, you should get most of the mulch out of there, ammend as needed and then reseed.
You could pile the mulch somewhere to use later around trees, in ornamental beds and/or paths.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2005 at 10:09AM
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debbie5(z5NY)

Pile it up, let it dry out and set fire to it?? LOL...

    Bookmark   May 12, 2005 at 9:36PM
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PollyNY(z5NY)

I would spread it out, so it's only about 6-8 inches thick, and plant shome shrubs/flowers that like wet area in it, keeping the mulch out away a couple of inches from their trunks. Polly

    Bookmark   May 13, 2005 at 1:00PM
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penny1947(z6 WNY)

dIf you have a freecycle group in your area you can offer it to people on freecycle. There is always someone in need of gardening related stuff on our freecycle groups here in the Buffalo Niagara area Last year I got two 30 gallon trash barrels full of pea gravel that someone needed to get red of because they had more than they needed. I brought the containers, filled them up and away I went. What you can't use someone else usually can.

Penny

    Bookmark   May 14, 2005 at 7:05AM
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atibbs(z5 NY)

Thanks for all your input. I've just about got it all scooped up and piled in a little hidden area in my forest.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 8:44AM
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