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Southern Downs Regional Council giving away free mulch

Southern Downs Regional Council is giving away FREE green mulch to Southern Downs residents this weekend.

Not only does applying mulch to gardens help improve plant growth and soil structure, but it also helps save water.

SDRC encourages all residents to take this opportunity to apply mulch to their gardens as a water saving measure for their homes.

“Mulch protects your soil from the sun and wind which helps retain moisture and reduces the need for watering,” Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said.

“With the Southern Downs in high water restrictions, we all need to be thinking about different ways we can save water around our homes,” Cr Gow said.

“Research shows that applying mulch to gardens can reduce the need for watering up to 60 per cent and is a simple way to reduce water use and costs.”

Key facts to remember about applying mulch:

·         Always wet mulch before applying to moist soil

·         Prepare the soil by removing weeds, raking or digging the surface before applying

·         Place a thin layer of newspaper over the soil before applying

·         Use a minimum of 5 cm for organic mulch containing bark and thinner layers for mulch with finer material like sawdust

Residents can pick up the mulch from the Warwick and Stanthorpe Waste Facilities on Friday, 30 November from 12pm to 5pm and Saturday, 1 December 7am to 1pm. Council advises that mulch is not available at any of the other waste facilities.

SDRC will provide supervised loading on site to assist residents loading utilities and trailers. Residents may take as much mulch as they need so Council advises residents to get in early.

SDRC will require that residents provide general details prior to loading mulch on the day, and amounts of mulch available may vary between sites.

For more information on the mulch giveaway, applying mulch or water saving tips, visit www.sdrc.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Community Contact team on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372).

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