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  1. SO HOT here now, under a heat advisory through Friday evening, and it will be over 100 degrees every day for at least a week. And that only brings us to the middle of July. Time to bring up one of my favorite things about living in this county and that is the Somervell County Transfer Station where I can get a free truckload of mulch. I have done this twice already this summer (really should have started in March) and it has done wonders for the trees and bushes in the yard. Whereas before I would water, the water would quickly evaporate due to the hot dry winds blowing through the yard, now the trees are actually green and some of the crepe myrtles are blooming. Hub set up the lawnmower with a cart so that I can drive to exactly where I want to put mulch, so I get a bunch from the back of the pickup, put it in the cart, and then place it around the trees I'm trying to save. The first time I did this, in the last 3 weeks, I waited till a day it would not get to 100 degrees to do it. Really, the trees needed a second layer of mulch, so waited again for another day of below 90 and actually where it would be below 100 for a few days, and did it again. I read some years back from a prominent DFW gardener that said the secret of gardens in Texas is Mulch Mulch Mulch and I heartily agree. I feel very lucky that we have such a great dump here, and appreciate the lady who is always there at the window checking in residents, with a cheerful smile. And the people who help get the pickup loaded via front end loader. All good!
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