Using Ground Up Tree Stumps for Mulch

picture of Loading up ground up stump mulch in trailer of SmartCUT

Our next door neighbor had a tree cut down this week and had a tree stump grinder come out to grind up the stump. This left him with a lot of “mulch” ground up from the stump. He didn’t know what to do with it and asked if we’d like it. That’s what I like about living in the “country”, there is always a project that involves nature and always a place for it, plus people are just so friendly in the country. Our 80 year old neighbor is one of the kindest, most active people I’ve ever met.

Earlier this week, I told you how well the SmartCUT by Weedeater hauled stuff from the barn in our backyard, up the hill, and even toting kids around for fun. I was thankful to have the SmartCUT with our handy cart behind yesterday.

So, we drove our SmartCUT across the street to load up the mulch. He let us use his pitchfork when we came armed with our shovels. That’s something we never thought of needed when we lived in the suburbs. I guess a pitchfork is a country thing. And something I will certainly put on my next Lowe’s list because it really made the job easier to do!

So, we all went next door, Elijah included to load up the SmartCUT. I love it when my kids pitch in to help and have fun “working” and contributing to the family.

picture of Loading up ground up stump mulch in trailer of SmartCUT
Loading up ground up stump mulch in trailer of SmartCUT

Although we did create new flower beds with awesome sweet peat/top soil mixture this Spring, we didn’t get mulch. So, we were happy to take this off our neighbor’s hands. We ended up with 3 loads of mulch, which covered all 4 flower beds that I have in our front yard. Here’s a lovely pic of me working, I do like to get my hands dirty when it comes to gardening and working outside. I don’t like to work too hard though, so I was thankful to have the SmartCUT for the mulch. Otherwise, that would have been at least 6 loads with a wheelbarrow, taking a lot more time and energy.

picture of Unloading Mulch with Pitchfork
Unloading Mulch with Pitchfork

I should have taken a picture of the flower beds to post but it was dark by the time we were done and it rained all day today. I’ll post later. I was just happy to get some free mulch while helping out our neighbor at the same time. Don’t you love it when life works that way?

As you can see in the above picture, our yard is a work in progress too. Until this summer, the brown spots in the above picture was moss, about 3″ thick of moss. Between digging it up and the help of TruGreen, we are getting it to a starting point. Next, we will be adding lime, as the front yard is desperate for Lime. It has been neglected for many, many years under a thick canopy of trees. We cut down more than 20 dead or dying trees. I’ll have to ask my neighbor what tree grinder he used. Across the yard, we have at least 30 tree stumps to grind.

Do you know of a good Akron, Ohio Tree Stump Grinder?

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