Gardeners, Mulch Up With City’s Giveaway Program

Published on May 21, 2022

Pasadena’s Director of Public Works, in partnership with Parks, Recreation and Community Services, will again be giving away free mulch material starting this month for use by residents on their landscaped areas. 


The mulch giveaway program provides free mulch for pickup at Robinson and Victory Parks on May 27 and at least twice every month through December. The free mulch comes from wood that has been chipped and recycled from citywide tree trimming operations. 


Residents will have access to mulch during park hours – 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. – or while supplies last. They should bring shovels, containers, gloves and eye protection to collect the mulch. 


Mulching your landscaped areas reduces weed growth by keeping light from reaching the soil surface. It also reduces water loss from the soil surface, which helps maintain soil moisture and moderates soil temperatures, keeping it warmer on cold nights and cooler on hot days. Mulch also protects bare soil, reducing erosion and soil compaction. 


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