Spring is here and it's time for some landscaping attention.
Fortunately, there is not a lot is on the docket, but one of the things we needed to take care of was re-mulching the side-beds and side-yard. We had previously used a type of mulch called "playground chip" which is very consistently chopped cedar wood (wood only -- no bark). The trouble is that it (1) doesn't really decay like "real" mulch does and (2) it's so consistent that -- while it looks beautiful when first installed -- when it gets leaves, etc. intertwined within it, it looks messy.
I'm not sure of "eco" was originally meant to mean "economy" or "ecology", but it kind stands for both in this case.
"Ecology" in that it's a locally produced product -- just a few miles from here... so the carbon footprint insofar as trucking and bagging mulch (i.e.: the bags at Home Depot) is much lower. As a company, they're also very dedicated to local-environmental issues an causes.
"Economy" in that -- at less than $30/yard -- the price is 1/2 of what you'd pay at most landscape shops and a fraction of what it'd cost if buying by-the-bag at the local home center.
We ordered the Eco Large Natural which blends in well with what we have going on, but there's lots of other options including black, brown, red, etc...
They're also locally owned by Grant and Heather (and family)... Grant also runs Hamilton Tree Service (an obvious sorce of the raw materials) who we hope to have back to give the trees a bit of sprucing up.