Mulching Flower Beds

By Todd Fratzel on Gardening

Mulching Flower Beds with Ask This Old House

This week we started mulching the flower beds with pine bark mulch. We have quite a few new flower beds that really don’t have many flowers in them yet but getting the mulch down is a start. I guess I’m partial to pine bark mulch from a past experience. Back in the Spring of 2004 the crew of Ask This Old House came to our house to film an episode of the show. Roger Cook the landscaping expert was the guest and he helped us re-edge our flower beds. As part of the show they also mulched all the flower beds. He used pine bark mulch so ever since I’ve been stuck on it.

The other reason I chose pine bark mulch is we have a huge stock of it at work and it’s all recycled. When we clear land and cut down tress the trees themselves are sent to a saw mill and we chip all the limbs and branches. After the limbs and branches are chipped we put them through a tub grinder to produce bark mulch. At any rate I like the fact that I’m using the mulch that we create from cutting down trees.

The picture below is of my wife Chrissy, myself, Roger Cook and two of the film crew from Ask This Old House. We had a great time with Roger and his crew the day they filmed at our house in Massachusetts.
Last night my son Timmy and my wife decided to start mulching while I was at a Planning Board Meeting. Needless to say I was pretty excited when I pulled in the driveway last night and saw all the work they accomplished.

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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  1. Paul says:

    Todd, That looks like fun! We watch This Old House and Ask This Old House every Saturday. It is one of my daughter’s favorite shows.

  2. Perry Degener says:

    Todd, our community center has free pine mulch for the citizens, since the department of public works has created a community pile from the chipped tree limbs.

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