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Mulch Needed
updated: Jun 07, 2014, 9:30 AM

Some neighbors and I take care of a small patch of land and are looking for mulch to keep the weeds down and to conserve water. Specifically, we are looking for mulch that primarily consists of leaves. - We don't need a lot and are wondering if there are any local tree trimmers or landscapers that have any available for pickup.

If you know someone please post their name and phone number.

NOTE: We are aware of the county mulch program and prefer getting mulch from a local tree trimmer or landscaper.

 COMMENT 526042 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 09:42 AM

Go to the County Transfer Station, they offer free mulch for pick-up or a fee to deliver. I use it all the time.


 COMMENT 526047 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 09:47 AM

Do be aware that the shredded leaf and wood material from tree trimmers will probably include some tree seeds. I used some from our own property once and wound up having to pull up a LOT of young eucalyptus saplings, which are not easy to get rid of. The county mulch seemed to have a lot of weed seeds and/or pencil size pieces of wood. This year I paid for mulch and had no problem with importing unwanted plants.


 COMMENT 526065 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 10:51 AM

If it is not your land and is city or county land. Make sure you get permits. Our gardener was the only one maintaining a section of road behind homes. One year while mulching to hold back the tumble weeds he was ordered to remove the mulch or be ticketed and fined for littering. Next year the county had a ton of tumble weeds to corral


 COMMENT 526095 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:03 PM

A permit for mulch? How absurd!


 COMMENT 526098 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:19 PM

Once again, an Edhatter can't read the printed word and properly discern the message, although there is some fault with the message being replied to.

> If it is not your land and is city or county land. Make sure you get permits.

If it is not your land, AND IT IS CITY OR COUNTY LAND, make sure you get permits.

And WHY is this a good thing?


In other words, if you are planning on doing something on property that is not your own (and it is unclear whether the "mulch requester" owns the land) GET PERMISSION FROM THE OWNER.

That's how it is, and should ever be.


 COMMENT 526099 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:21 PM

We've picked up free mulch many times from the County Transfer Station, and it's been fine. Going up the hill, It will be on the right, with a sign. You have to get it yourself. Sometimes, we've used big heavy duty trash bags and sometimes 30gal plastic bins. Bring a pitch-fork or a shovel.

Recycling and Transfer Station 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara.


 COMMENT 526100 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:22 PM

I used the mulch from the County Transfer Station in my front yard's garden... I got SOOOO many weeds. Didn't use it in my back yard's garden and didn't have the same problem.


 COMMENT 526104 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 12:39 PM

Tree trimmers are the way to go . Best bet is to call several and see who is doing work in your area. Just do a google search of Tree Company Santa Barbara for a list. Ask them specifically what tree or trees are in their mulch, and if it is mostly foliage or wood. From that you can determine if it is something you want.


 COMMENT 526108 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 01:05 PM

For something relatively harmless like adding mulch I would recommend just preparing to beg forgiveness rather than asking for permission (permit). Craiglist "free" sometimes lists mulch also.


 COMMENT 526116 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-07 01:37 PM

108 the littering fine would have been $1,000

Sorry 098. Missed a comma. Hard to see typing on a phone


 COMMENT 526213P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 09:13 AM

The County Transfer mulch stinks every time it gets wet, even after years. I don't know what the stinky ingredient is.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-08 09:41 AM

Good for you and the neighbor!! Well, your main message is it's important to mulch; conserves water and keeps weeds down, everyone should be doing it.



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