The City of Los Angeles provides free mulch to LA City residents. You can pick it up yourself at one of eleven locations around the City or request FREE HOME DELIVERY!
Mulch is great for retaining soil moisture and suppressing weeds. LA Sanitation (LASAN) creates high-quality mulch from the green waste collected from homes across the City. This mulch is available free to residents!
Option One: Free Self-Service
Bring your own shovel, bag or pick-up; load up your own containers and take as much as you need. If any locations run out of mulch or you want to know the delivery schedule, please call the Lopez Canyon Environmental Education Center at 818-485-0703.
Option Two: Free Home Delivery
Deliveries will be made between 7:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Restrictions do apply and the property owner has to read, agree and sign to the necessary waiver and order form found on the City’s LA Sanitation website.
Deliveries will be scheduled for homeowners within the city of Los Angeles on a first come-first served basis. Each address is limited to 2 deliveries per calendar year. Residents can schedule a delivery in the following ways:
- By calling the 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489
- By emailing LASanFreeMulch@lacity.org
- By completing the online form and waiver
Residents can choose from two delivery size options:
- Whole load of 5 yards: approximately 5-6 cubic yards, covering 500 sq ft at 3-4 inches thick
- Half load of 2.5 yards: approximately 2.5-3 cubic yards, covering 250 sq ft at 3-4 inches thick
According to LASAN, the green yard trimmings they collect go through a thorough cleaning, screening and grinding process before being spread into piles. The piles are then heated up to 120-140 degrees and frequently aerated by turning for 20 days. High temperatures, thorough turning, and composting all help to give microbes their best shot at pesticides to break them down into harmless chemicals during the composting process but there is no guarantee that all be eliminated. LASAN lab analyzes a sample once every 2 months and posts the results on their website. Mulch is not delivered until it is tested and has passed the US composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance.
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