Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and Leafdrop Compost Sale
Denver Recycles/Solid Waste Management
and Denver Parks and Recreation have set the City's annual Treecycle Mulch Giveaway and
Compost Sale for Saturday, May 6th, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Mulch will be
available at five locations while Leafdrop Compost will be sold only at the main Havana
Nursery site only.
The mulch is made by grinding more than 19,000 Christmas trees collected by Denver Public
Works/Solid Waste Management this past holiday season. The Mulch is FREE and
available to Denver residents on a first-come-first served basis. Loader service
for trucks and trailers will only be available at the Havana Nursery site.
Mulch is made of ground wood chips and is generally used as a top dressing for soil around
trees and plants. It helps control weeds, helps soil to retain moisture, helps
moderate soil temperatures, and reduces plant and tree damage from lawn mowers.
Mulch is essential for trees, especially in periods of drought. When using mulch
around your trees make sure that you:
1. Mulch throughout the drip line (the area under the
branches). This area is considered the critical root zone.
2. Do not mulch up to the tree trunk. Leave a six-inch space
between the mulch and the trunk of the tree.
3. Do not put more than three to four inches of mulch
throughout the entire mulch ring.
Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment made from decomposed organic materials such as
leaves and grass. It resembles soil and it can be mixed into soil to help reduce
water and fertilizer needs or spread thinly over the lawn to fertilize and help grass
roots retain moisture. Compost can retain 100% of its weight in water and is an
important component of gardening in a drought. Leafdrop compost is made from
more than 200 tons of leaves collected from Denver residents last fall and will be sold
for $2 per 10-gallon bag (about 40 pounds) or $28.50 per cubic yard with loader service
(with open trailers and pick-ups). A standard full size pick-up bed holds about 2 ½ cubic
yards. Sales tax will be added to the prices noted. Leafdrop Compost will be sold
at the Havana Nursery site on May 6th only.
2006 Treecycle Mulch Giveaway Dates and Sites
Havana Nursery, 10450 Smith Road, two blocks south of I-70 on Havana.
(Dig-your-own and front-end loader service for trucks and trailers)
Only dig-your-own mulch at the following sites.
Veterans Park, Iowa and
Bear Creek Park, South of Dartmouth on Raleigh
Sloans Lake Park, Sheridan and 17th Ave.
Fred Thomas Park, Quebec & 26th Ave. (Dig-your-own)
Denver residents may participate.
may dig their own mulch at all sites. Please bring a pitchfork or shovel and containers.
not using the loader service should be prepared to shovel their own compost.
with trucks or trailers need to bring a tarp to cover the load.
For more information on the Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale, residents
may call 720-865-6810 or e-mail DenverRecycles@ci.denver.co.us.
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