Do you go through the process of shoveling mulch every year? I can’t believe I’ve lived without one of these for all these years. I’ve moved mulch around with pitchforks, snow shovels, and my hands, but mainly with a spade. Someone told me about something called a mulch fork last year, so I looked it up. It’s name is actually ensilage fork (good Scrabble word,) but it is a pitch fork with lots of tines, close together. It makes moving mulch around about one-third as hard as doing it with a shovel. With it, we’ve moved eight cubic yards of mulch around, finally giving all the trees and flower beds what they really need.

The ensilage fork above has powder-coated tines, and seems very well made. It’s by True Temper, and costs $60 at Home Depot or $40 at Lowe’s, where we bought it. I expect it to last many years.

We get double-shredded hardwood mulch from a local landscaping company for $19 per yard, delivered. That’s seventy cents per cubic foot. Compare that to the prices of bagged mulch. It is also natural mulch, without colors. Even if I’m not planning to eat things I grow in the mulch, I don’t want to put mulch down for the colors. And I want to leave the Earth in better shape for my having been here. Don’t you?

Brian Groover

The author Brian Groover

I spend my days as full-time programmer. In the evenings, I am an adjunct professor at a local college. In the remaining hours, I write fiction, songs, and poetry. In my copious free time (cough,) I sail on the Chesapeake Bay in my 30-foot Catalina Valinor Bound. I hope to see you at Balticon this year!


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