This time of year, Oscar and I watch the sales ads to see when local garden centers have mulch on sale. Generally, we make a one-time purchase of 300 bags of mulch.
For many years, Oscar and I did all the mulching ourselves. Our neighbor, Richard Perryman, often told Oscar that he tossed those bags of mulch around like they were loaves of bread. For some reason, the bags of mulch are much heavier now. For the past few years, Oscar has hired someone to help him with the mulching.
Of course, there is some residual leaf removal to be done. Oscar will run the bagger-mower over the yard to clear away the last of the leaves, and we will have to rake down in the slope garden, removing the last of the leaves there and tossing them into the planting beds to serve as mulch. Along the edge of the yard near the woods on the right side of the landscape, we will do the same.
The first signs that spring is on the way are visible here and there around the landscape. Azaleas have swollen flower buds that are about ready to open. The long driveway