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Mulch and top soil available at Research Center

Posted 10/15/2014

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Back by popular demand, the community mulch pile

This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community. Rather than send this valuable resource to the landfill the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is making it available to the community, free of charge.

This coarse mulch will not blow under high winds and allows good water and air penetration to the roots. It will decompose in a couple of years, adding organic matter to your soil, lowering the soil pH and encouraging soil microorganisms and worms. The Center uses four to six inches around the fruit trees.

Along with the mulch, soil is available as a result of the scar from the Carpenter One fire and rainstorms over the past year. As a result of the storms, over 26,000 cubic yards of soil coated the basin floor. The deposited soil was tested and it was determined to be highly enriched and was perfect for use as topsoil.

The mulch and the soil are available for pick-up from the Research Center on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. The soil is free if loaded by the individual and only $2 per tractor scoop loaded. The Center is located at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas, Nev. For more information, contact the Research Center at 702-786-4361 or the Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555.

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