Having mulch delivered is endlessly more convenient than buying plastic bags full of mulch at the store. However, when you have a big load of mulch dumped on your property, you need to be prepared. Here are four things you need to do before you have the mulch delivered.
Make Sure the Truck Can Get Through
Most mulch delivery services bring the mulch in standard dump trucks, which are a bit larger than your average pickup. If you're ordering from a smaller, local mulch company, though, they might just bring the mulch in a pickup. Either way, you need to make sure there is space for the truck to get through. This may mean you have to park your vehicle elsewhere for the day, or even that you have to move some patio furniture.
Put Down a Tarp
You could just have the mulch dumped on the ground, but then you'll end up with debris left behind in the grass after you move the mulch into your garden beds. So, putting a tarp down and having the mulch company dump the mulch on the tarp is a much better approach. If you don't have a tarp, consider purchasing one at a local garden store. They're inexpensive and have so many uses in the yard. You're sure to get your money's worth.
Clear the Garden Beds
Once the mulch is delivered, you'll want to start moving it into the garden beds ASAP. If you leave it to sit for too long, it will absorb water, become heavier, and become more difficult to move. So, it's a good idea to prepare your garden beds prior to mulch delivery. Pull any weeds, remove any old mulch that you want to move, and tidy up any garden bed edges that need it. This way, as soon as the mulch is delivered, you can start moving it into the prepared beds.
Make Plans for Any Extra
Often, although not always, people end up with more mulch than they need when they have mulch delivered. So, you may want to make some plans for the extras before the mulch even comes. Reach out to neighbors to see if they're interested in any extras, or buy planters if you think you may want to use some mulch in them. Having a plan will ensure your extra mulch does not just sit there for weeks on end.
If you prepare properly in advance, having mulch delivered will be a great experience for you.
For more information, contact a local mulch delivery service.