You know you live in a rural area when you call up one of the neighboring farms inquiring after some mulch. "Sure I will pop some over this afternoon, I am going past there anyway, and you don't want to get your car all dirty. Pay me when you see me....."
At 5.50/bale this is pretty inexpensive mulch, and the public areas have been really needing some mulch. I did sprinkle some slow release fertilizer around and watered it in well. Those areas have been depleted for so long that I think they need a pick-me-up. I don't use chemical fertilizers in my own garden so it will be interesting to see the difference. I hope that with continual adding of mulch and natural amendments that I will be able to forgo the chemicals.
We are due to have some major tree trimming on the property and so the mulched up material will be placed in a heap with some seaweed and coffee grounds added to spur decomposition. After a couple of months we should have some good compost for the next layer of mulch. I have not done this type of mulch on the garden here before, but understand that it is better to cure it before placing it on the garden, and adding an accelerator and turning it will speed it up.
That is what nutritionists recommend for us. A variety of different foods, in small quantities.