Long years ago when we moved to Del Ray and began working on our blank slate of a yard we heard about the free leaf mulch available from the City of Alexandria.
Ecstatic at not having to travel to one of the big box stores, we would take my pick up truck to the Eisenhower Avenue site and simply start shoveling.
Then we got older and wiser. Now we pay the City of Alexandria to deliver the mulch to us! A call to the Department of Solid Waste at 703.746.4410 and a $40 check will get you either a half load or a full load (same price) dumped in your driveway. FYI – the check must be received before the City will deliver.
One dump truck equals approximately six cubic yards. A half load is just about right for our townhouse. (Last year we got a full load and I resorted to begging strangers to come and get some mulch!) It’s also a great way for two or three neighbors to share the cost with everyone getting what they need.
And if you’re really smart, you’ll find a “helper” on your local neighborhood list serv. Let me tell you, college students eager for extra cash, have very strong backs!
Anyway you look at it, leaf mulch is a bargain in the City of Alexandria.