Mulch Mayhem


Get ready for MULCH MAYHEM! (fall edition)

Free water-saving mulch available Saturday, September 25, 8 a.m. to noon

Free water-saving mulch will be available to local residents during Mulch Mayhem events throughout the Sacramento region on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 8 a.m. to noon.

These FREE events are designed to help local residents get their yards ready for fall planting. Mulch slows evaporation, moderates soil temperature, beautifies landscapes and even controls weeds. As it breaks down, mulch also adds helpful nutrients to the soil.

Water managers estimate that residents can save 30 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet just by adding two to three inches of organic mulch (e.g., leaves and wood chips) around plants and four to six inches around trees (taking care to keep mulch away from the base of trees).

Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers, Mulch Mayhem will take place at the following locations and times (until supplies last):

Sacramento County

 Sacramento Suburban Water District, Enterprise Site
917 Enterprise Drive in Sacramento
Hosted by Sacramento Suburban Water District
Info: (916) 972-7171 or

Carmichael Water District
7837 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael
Hosted by Carmichael Water District
Info: (916) 483-2452 or

City of Sacramento South Area Corporation Yard
5730 24th Street in Sacramento
Hosted by the City of Sacramento
Info: (916) 808-5605 or
Trucks and trailers, drive-through only

Placer County

 Sierra College, Overflow Lot, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Corner of Rocklin Rd. and El Don Dr. (opposite the campus) in Rocklin
Hosted by Placer County Water Agency and San Juan Water District
Info: (530) 823-4850 or
Trucks and trailers, drive-through only

Free mulch is limited to one yard per customer (enough to fill a pickup truck), must be for personal use only (not for resale or commercial use) and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies are gone. Customers are encouraged to bring their own shovels, containers, tarps or other items to cover the mulch and must provide their own way to haul it away.

Additional Resources

Why is Mulch Important? (video)

Is One Kind of Mulch Better Than Another? (video)

How Much Mulch Should You Add to Your Garden? (video)