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Mulch available at Lifelong Learning and Research Centers

Posted 1/6/2016

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Residents loading mulch at the Research Center and Demonstration Orchard.

Mulches can help tree and plant roots stay warm in winter and cool in summer

Many Las Vegans have taken advantage of recycling their holiday tree creating an abundance of mulch. This is coarse, organic wood mulch was chipped from the holiday trees. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Research Center and Demonstration Orchard and the Lifelong Learning Center is making the mulch available to the community, free of charge. Be sure to bring your own containers and tools.

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. Both Centers use four to six inches around the fruit trees.

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.

The Lifelong Learning Center is located at 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nev. and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Only self-loading is available at this site.

Read Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulture for Cooperative Extension, publication titled Mulches for Nevada Landscapes.

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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