Community Education on Environment and Development

Mulches From Yard Waste

What Is Mulch?

Mulch is any material, such as wood chips, grass clippings, leaves or compost, that is spread over the surface of soil.

Grass clippings:

Spread in thin layers over vegetable and flower beds, or mix with leaves and spread in a thicker layer.

Deciduous tree leaves:

Spread as mulch in the fall.

Evergreen leaves:

Use these on pathways because they take longer to decompose.

Chipped or shredded woody waste:

Spread three to six inches deep to make a good-looking, long-lasting mulch or path cover.

What Does Mulch Do?

How Do I Apply Mulch?

Where Can I Find Mulch Materials?

Every yard has grass, leaves or other green or woody materials that can be made into mulch. If chipped or shredded woody wastes are needed, contact tree services listed in the Yellow Pages. Some wood shops and coffee roasters make their organic byproducts available to customers and the general public. Call ahead to check on supplies.

Copyright: King County Solid Waste Division

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