Pasadena Department of Public Works’ highly popular program that gives away free organic mulch – a result of the City’s tree trimming operation – is offering free mulch on Friday, August 19.
Residents can pick up the mulch from Robinson Park (1081 N Fair Oaks Ave.) and Victory Park (2575 Paloma Street).
The free mulch giveaway program has been very popular over the years, Eric Mirzaian, Street Maintenance Administrator at the Department of Public Works, said.
“Observations from Public Works crews are that members of the public are already onsite at the drop off locations waiting on delivery first thing in the morning,” Mirzaian said. “Mulch provides many benefits including water infiltration, improving soil structure, reducing soil moisture evaporation, and limiting weed competition. It also saves the City and property owners money.”
The City uses mulch at City parks and public landscaped areas. Instead of having to take trimmed branches or wood chips to landfills, the wood chips are reused as mulch and saves the City from paying disposal costs.
Property owners save on their water bills by not having to irrigate landscape as frequently due to water retention if the mulch is applied correctly, Mirzaian added.
After Aug. 19, the next mulch giveaway days at Robinson Park and Victory Park are on Sept. 2 and 16, Oct. 14 and 28, and Dec. 9.
Residents will have access to mulch during park hours which are 6 a.m. through 10 p.m. while supplies last.
They are advised to bring shovels, containers, gloves and eye protection when they come to collect the mulch, the Public Works Department said.
To learn more about Pasadena’s mulch give-away program, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/public-works/recycling-resources/mulch-compost-recycling/mulch-recycling.