I have been reading the different posts on mulch and don't want to be redundant. But, I have a little bit of a different question.
My husband and I recently dug up about 2/3 of the sod in our front yard, covered the empty spaces with more dirt, and are now planning on planting trees and shrubs. We thought we would put down mulch to cover the dirt for now, and then just move it around as we plant our trees and shrubs.
I have read the comments about the free mulch from the local tree guys, and we have actually put in a few phone calls to see about having mulch dropped off here. But, we have also been looking at purchasing shredded oak mulch from a landscape materials company. If we are willing to pay for the oak mulch, is it worth it to get that versus the free mulch, chipped by the tree guys? Free is always good, but we want to do what would be best the first time around.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. (This is only the first of many questions we'll be posting. Hopefully, one day, we'll be able to provide advice as well.)