Today, my coworkers and I hauled away blackberry brambles and covered new plants with straw.
Yesterday, I received an email from “Ben”. Unfortunately, my reply bounced back. Regardless, I said that when asked a question, I would post it here. Ben was interested in more concrete places to get free mulch, and this is what I’ve set to tell him:
We got our free mulch from Asplundh, who I believe were contracted by P.G.E. They trimmed our neighborhood’s trees when I wrote that post a few months ago. They simply had a sign that read, “Free Wood Chips.”
I believe tree trimmers and arborists have to pay a fee to dump mulch, so they’d much rather give it away. I’ve heard that some tree services have a long list of names, so it may just take some inquiring to find out.
As for a place to start… I would contact these companies or agencies in addition to Asplundh:
- International Society of Arborists, Pacific Northwest Chapter: http://www.pnwisa.org/ – they may have further direction.
- James Kinder, Green Options Tree Care, 5755 Willow Lane, Lake Oswego, OR 97035, Phone: 503-744-0914, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.GOTreeCare.com
** Update 16-Mar-2010: They take their tree removals and recycle them at the “goat farm”. Sorry, no chips. Great eco-company regardless.
Mark Bourgeois, Arbor Pro Tree Experts, Phone: 503-473-TREE (8733), Website: www.arborpronw.com – this man specifically told me to call his company and they would maintain a list, and if in my neighborhood may be able to donate mulch.
** Update 17-Feb-2013: They no longer do free mulch. Friendly group, so give ’em a call if you need an arborist!
Lastly, I’d call the Oregon City Hall to find out if they use a specific tree service and get that company’s name to call directly.
Apparently people like mulch! This blog has seen a steady increase in hits since I posted the ‘free mulch’ tidbits several weeks ago. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to preach to the choir about some mulch benefits:
- Mulch keeps the soil warmer
- Mulch retains more water
- Enough mulch naturally squelches weeds
- Mulch adds more nutrients to soil, especially compacted soil
- By adding more nutrients, mulch helps attract beneficial creepy crawlies – like worms & bugs
- Worms & bugs help aerate the soil, making it less compacted
- Less compacted soil is better for growing things
- When we have things growing in our yards, we attract beneficial insects
- Bees are beneficial insects/pollinators
- We would do well to attract bees
- So mulch, mulch, mulch!
That’s all for now folks!
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