to the fence line. YES - there is a fence hidden back there!
We trimmed the first three last fall and the other two early in the spring this year.
I decided that instead of growing grass in the areas that were bare under the trees, I would instead plant gardens. Here is what the side yard looked like last fall.
Since we have trimmed up the rest of the trees and under planted them, the garden now spans
approximately 80 feet along the side fence.
The cost to mulch this area would be quite large since it ranges from 8 to 20 feet deep in some spots. However, these trees have provided me with mulch of their own in PINE NEEDLES.
Last fall I noticed a huge amount of needles that were falling out of the large pine near the road. Subsequently, I started raking them up and spreading them around the base of the tree in between the hostas that I had planted under them. We really thought we were lucky to have the pines instead of deciduous trees like Maples or Oaks that drop their leaves in the fall. I have to say that I think that the pines are messier trees - BUT - their mess is at least useful to me in that it is now helping to keep the weeds down in the garden.
I have raked up the pine needles all year and now I can finally say that this garden is fully mulched!
They even have the colour of mulch and from the road you can't even tell that it's not actual mulch.
Do you have a great recycle project that you have completed? I'd love to hear about it!!