Rainbow, that's an interesting idea bout a chipper. I don't have the woody waste to justify the expense and upkeep, but since I'm getting a tow bar and a shelf I can borrow a chipper once a quarter or something. Too bad the whole neighborhood outsources their yard care or I'd get a neibhrohood chipper to share.
I've got a couple of trees that haven't had much pruning in the last 7 years so I'll probably get an arborist in to thin and shape them a bit. I figured I'd just leave the branches in the garage to dry out and strip of leaves at my leisure - but I bet if I got one with a chipper I'd have them chip them onto a tarp to use as mulch. Thanks for the idea.
Interesting about the woody plants. I don't know of any that would be super popular around here to share, but I'll keep my eyes open. Your method of buying a bundle and potting/planting them is often in those "start your own nursery business" articles. 100 plantings (even small, growning to maturity) would probably take up my whole 15 x 45 back yard - even if the ogres didn't get on me for "running a business" in my yards ... OGRES!! never again ...
I also have some composting gear I can probably trade into a local acquaintance for a coffee can full of worms ...
Also have plans for a few more rain barrels, I like not having to "run the sprinklers for five min" or haul out the hose to give my plants a good soaking.
Small investment, but big rewards beyond just $$$.
USDA Zone 10, Sunset Zone 25, 16 feet above sea level, surrounded by chem-turfers.