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Free Mulch for your Garden - So easy you'll wonder...

Real Estate Agent with Thrive Homes and Estates

Why have you been paying $5 a bag (or more!) for chipped wood at the home improvement store?  It's sitting around town in piles, just waiting for you to roll up and grab it.  It's a program by the Los Angeles City Sanitation Department.

There are 10 different locations throughout Los Angeles where you can get free mulch, as much as you can haul.  More info and photos after the jump!

Visit the City Sanitation website for more info.  I went to the Sun Valley location where it get’s deliveries of mulch every day.  My husband and I stopped at the North Hills location first, but it was picked clean.  So I’d guess it’s a good idea to go on the days the location gets a mulch drop off.  The days are listed on this easy reference flyer.

All you need to do is just pull up with some bags (we used a tarp) and shovel it in.  Why should you use mulch in your garden?  Well, besides it’s aesthetic qualities, it holds moisture within the soil which saves water.  Instead of the soil getting dried out by the sun, it stays where your plants need it.

Check out what a difference it made in one part of my garden.  Here are the before and after photos.  Click on them to enlarge.

Don’t forget to visit Million Tress LA to get up to 7 free trees for your home and check out my other blog on how to get a free rain garden from the city.

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David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Great post with good information. Thanks for sharing...

Mar 23, 2012 06:33 AM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Seana - What a great way to help your garden and do something great for the environment, and it's all free!  Excellent information to have!

Mar 23, 2012 06:42 AM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

Before the Sugar Plantations went out, we used to go to certain locations and load up on Bagasse (the expended waste from cooking the sugar cane) but Seana, alas what happened, was the garden companies scooped it all up, bagged it and sold it. Now the landscapers are doing the same with the city mulch.  They pay the city, grind it, bag it and sell it.  Same with the chicken farms.

Mar 23, 2012 06:44 AM
Seana Yates
Thrive Homes and Estates - Encino, CA

Thanks everyone.  Yeah, it's a great way to put all the city's tree trimming junk to good use.  Bruce, on the one hand, that's sad that it's not free anymore, but on the other hand, its a source of revenue to the city and one would hope that they put that money back into public service.  :)


Mar 23, 2012 07:19 AM