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State of the Mulch

Sep 30, 2014

Mulch-best-slider-or-imageDo you want more high-quality mulch more easily? Who wouldn’t?

Mulch for the People (MFTP), a project of Transition Pasadena, has organized a public meeting for arborists, homeowners, and the City of Pasadena to consider ideas and voice concerns regarding mulch and to develop a program for making mulch more freely available.

According to MFTP, “arborists trim our trees, shed what they trim, and haul that mulch to the landfill every day as waste. At the same time, residents are starting to spread a thick layer of tree mulch on lawns and then plant drought-tolerant plants into it to save water and money. But buying mulch in bags at a garden center is expensive. For lawn removal to scale up to meet the City of Pasadena Zero Waste and water conservation goals, homeowners need abundant free tree mulch.”

Gabriel Silva of Pasadena Public Works, Wendy DeLeon of Pasadena Water and Power, and Marco Barrantes of La Loma Development will speak, while moderator Blair Miller will invite the public to voice their ideas, as well as concerns.

State of the Mulch
Wednesday, Oct. 8th, 7-8:30 p.m.
Donald Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena 91101
Free event; street parking
For more info, visit Mulch for the People’s Facebook page

Pasadena Water and Power offers rebates when homeowners consider turf removal. Rebates of $2 per square foot are available. Below are examples of turf removal projects in Pasadena:

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Pasadena also offers a water-smart landscaping guide with examples (download it here). The backyard below was designed by Nan Simonsen Nanscapes and includes drought-tolerant plants such as the Peruvian lily; the pretty-in-pink Muskogee Crape Myrtle; soft, grey green mounds of Catmint; an evergreen groundcover of Myer’s Asparagus; and Japanese boxwood.

Photo by GardenSoft

Photo by GardenSoft




1 Response for “State of the Mulch”

  1. Some people down on Mountain put the mulch in, and their garden looks great; lots of hard work but I think it helped that the mulch was free!

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