Mulch Magic

Saturday May 11, 2019, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am
while supplies last

Stop by Gate 8 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds (off the Brighton Street Overpass) and get a pickup truck bed of shredded cedar mulch.  Mulch is in bulk - not bagged.  Please bring shovel or pitch fork, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, tarp, and rope.

The Boy Scouts will be on-hand to help you load your mulch.



Mulching is the act of placing a protective barrier (mulch) around your plants and over bare soil.  This protective barrier can be made up of a variety of materials but is typically divided into two groups: organic and inorganic.  Organic mulches usually come from plant materials while inorganic mulches are usually derived from non-plant materials.

Organic mulches include:
Pine needles, wheat straw, rice hulls, pine-bark nuggets, shredded cedar or redwood bark, wood chips, peat moss, and cocoa shells.  Ground rubber and shredded rubber are also considered organic mulches.
Inorganic mulches or surfacing materials include:

Landscaping fabric, black plastic, pebbles, gravel, rock, and brick chips.

As with most things, there are advantages and disadvantages to using mulch on your property.  Some of the advantages of using mulch are:
  • reducing the water requirements of your plants
  • controlling soil erosion and dust
  • reducing the occurrence of weeds
  • cooling soil temperatures
  • helping prevent soil compaction and
  • visually enhancing the landscape

While mulch has many important advantages, you need to keep the following in mind:

  • All organic mulches catch fire readily, burn well, and can be difficult to extinguish.  During the most dangerous wildfire conditions (fires pushed by high winds) organic mulch converts into thousands of hot flying embers known as “fire brands”.  This can be a major drawback when used in home landscapes located in wildfire-prone areas – like Nevada County.

  • Whichever mulch you choose, keep it moist as much as possible.

  • Use only electrical devices and cords listed for outdoor use and follow the manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Apply inorganic mulch in a 10-foot radius around gas meters and propane tanks, and a 5-foot radius around structures.

  • Provide proper clearance for electric devices (such as decorative lights) by following the manufacturer’s instructions.  Solar-powered landscape lights are an even better option.

  • Use only the manufacturer’s recommended size and wattage in your yard lights.

Organic and inorganic mulches vary considerably in terms of size, shape, texture and parent material, all of which influence their combustibility.  Contact us for help with your options.


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