How this May 6 ‘Mulch Mayhem’ event could help you improve your landscape

City Utilities staff are inviting people to attend a “Mulch Mayhem” event on May 6 to get free “arbor” mulch, which supports soil health and prevents weeds.

Arbor mulch typically consists of bark, woodchips and leaves and helps soil retain water, said William Granger, the City’s water conservation coordinator.

“Adding two to three inches of mulch around shrubs and four to six inches around trees can prevent moisture from evaporating and keep them healthier during hot and dry conditions,” Granger said.

The mulch event is from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sacramento Marina (2710 Ramp Way) and is limited to City of Sacramento residents.

There is a limit of 1 cubic-yard of mulch per customer, Granger said. The event will feature enough mulch for about 200 truckloads.

“Participants are strongly encouraged to bring a truck if they can, as they will get through the line faster,” he said. “And make sure to bring your own shovel.”

Granger recommends that people cover their mulch with a tarp so it doesn’t blow away. A limited number of soaker hoses also will be available.

Other regional water agencies are also giving away free mulch at several events during the same weekend.