Community Mulch Program

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Got Mulch? MB Botanical Garden Mulch PileFREE Mulch is Available at the City's Public Works Yard

The Community Mulch Program started as a pilot project, and is now a program to provide citizens easy access to free organic mulch for their yards and community projects. Providing a local resource in which to easily pickup mulch will provide residents with a sustainable method of maintaining their landscapes, as opposed to the energy-intensive process surrounding store-bought mulch. Organic mulch is an essential component of a water-wise, sustainable garden and helps reduce or eliminate the need for pesticides by promoting soil health, maintaining soil moisture, and assisting in retention of water on-site.

Properties that use mulch on their landscaping can save up to 50% of the water used on traditional landscapes, which on average will save each residential water user 39,270 gallons per year, or $196 in reduced water bills.PW Mulch Site

The Environmental Task Force has contacted a list of local tree trimmers who have agreed to provide safe, organic mulch to the City at no cost. The tree trimmers have been vetted by the Environmental Task Force members and a certified arborist.  Mulch is being delivered, free of charge, to the City Public Works Yard (3621 Bell Avenue) where it is available for residents to pick up and transport to their properties. Should residents require a larger load of mulch for their projects, the vetted list of tree trimmers will make large mulch deliveries to the homeowners, also at no charge.

You can view the list of tree trimmers, as well as a more information on the program and a map of the mulch site, on the Got Mulch Flyer (PDF).

Free mulch is also available at other South Bay locations including Lago Seco Park in Torrance, and the S.A.F.E. Collection Center in San Pedro.

Please direct questions to the City's Public Works Department at (310) 802-5313.


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