One of our neighbors is an Arborist and Arborist's have waste.....tree waste....loads of it. So.....every now and again we get the magic call.........."I've got a full load on. Do you want me to drop it off?" Yes please....Do you wanna PUMPKIN??? He has 4 kids...Of course he wants a pumpkin!!
NOW before you go hijacking your local arborist for waste, you may need to understand the size of the truck and the mulch system. Green waste is not too flash on the garden as it depletes the soil of essential nutrients. You need to have a place to rest the green so it can convert into the brown. We live on 2 acres, so a load of mulch is ok to sit in a pile for 6-12 months baking away. If you're in town then 5-6 meters of green waste is not ideal. See image below....
For those of you on land - Take one load of 5-6 meters of mulch, let it cook and reduce for around (my minimum) 6 months. You should end up with 3-4 meters of good partially broken down softish mulch (depending on the type of trees). Personally, I like to rest mine for up-to 12 months. I like to see worms when I dig in, then I know it's juicy and ready.
Note : We do not use this mulch on the veggie garden, I find it a little harsh. We use waste stable straw from one of the local horse trainers. PERFECT ARRANGEMENT. He gets pumpkins too!
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