We Missed Our Pile

Tree trimming companies around here will deliver a truckload of fresh chipped wood, for free, as long as you're willing to take all 20 yards of it. You may recall that last year, we split just such a load with some neighbors, and the 8-10 yards of wood chips we got was inadequate to cover all our paths and the beds out front. That previous year's mulch had mostly broken down, so we put our names on the list and this morning, they called to let us know they'd be over.

Truck backing in

It was all over in a few minutes, and now we have a smaller facsimile of our late, unlamented dirt pile.

Dumping the wood chips

That pile is bigger than my car.

Of course, we're in the middle of yet another rain storm here, so the pile has just sat in the driveway all day. It has started cooking, though: steam is rising off the pile, along with the most amazing pine scent. The rain is due to continue tomorrow, so we'll see whether I get much of it spread around before the weekend. But yay for soon-to-be unmuddy paths!

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posted by ayse on 02/23/10

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I was having pile envy, until I remembered how long it took to get 9 cubic yards out of my driveway a few years ago.

So true. I think it will be quite a while before I completely move all those chips. On the other hand: good exercise! I'm sure I will be regretting this in only a day or so.

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