So, you finally got that big pile of mulch you’ve been needing. Now how do you get it where it needs to go with the least amount of back strain? What’s the secret to not moving it twice? What if you can’t afford heavy equipment? Does it really have to be just you and a shovel? It might. However, there are a few tips that can save your back and make moving that mulch go faster.
You may be an awesome landscaper. You may be a master gardener. Still, you are not superman or superwoman, much as you would like to think you are. Why not ask a friend or relative to help? Ask several if you can. That way, it’s less work for everyone. You may have to pay them, but think of the bonding experience and the informal party afterwards. It’ll be like an old fashioned barn raising, right?
Have the garden area ready.
If you don’t want to move the pile twice, why not move it directly to its’ destination? Have the area where the mulch will be placed ready to receive it. That way, you won’t waste time and energy moving it from the street, to say, the back yard and then to the garden. Saving steps can save you both time and work.
Fill the wheelbarrow to the brim.
Unlike garden soil, gravel and other landscape materials, mulch is super light. That means you can fill the wheelbarrow to capacity and still move it with ease. A full wheelbarrow means less trips. Less trips means you’ll be done faster. And speaking of efficiency….
Use two wheelbarrows.
If you have several people helping you, or even one other person, using two wheelbarrows can speed up the process. You don’t have to wait for the wheelbarrow to come back. You can just shovel into the second one while the first is being dumped. There are several ways to employ this tip depending on the number of people you have working and who’s best at what. All of them save time.
Place helpers and wheelbarrows efficiently.
What’s the best place to stand when shoveling mulch? Is there a preferred way to place the wheelbarrow? Absolutely! Place your wheelbarrow as close as possible to the pile. Face it in the direction you will be going once it’s filled. Having two people shoveling is the most efficient way. More people shoveling just slows things down as you have to work around each other to fill the wheelbarrow. The two people shoveling should stand on opposite sides of the wheelbarrow so their shovels don’t collide and to keep injuries minimal.
Take those breaks!
Rotation really makes a huge difference when doing heavy labor. You don’t have to work yourself or anyone else to death in order to get things done. In fact, exhaustion is a great way to slow things down. So take those breaks! It’ll make things go faster in the long run.
Use all you can before moving the leftovers.
Don’t just have one main area ready to receive the mulch. Have areas prepared where the extra mulch can be used as well. Put most or all of it to use right away so you don’t have to move it again. For instance, if the mulch is for the veggie garden, you might use the leftovers in the flower garden. So, have that flower garden weeded and ready too. That way, your leftover mulch pile won’t be so big. Therefore, you won’t have that much to deal with next time.