The City of Jacksonville has recently stepped up its efforts to clear the community’s many right-of-ways of debris and low-hanging limbs, and as a result, it finds itself with more landscaping mulch than it knows what to do with.

Now city officials are hoping Jacksonville citizens will help take it off their hands for them.

Effective immediately, and continuing for as long as supplies last, the city is offering this mulch to its residents free of charge.

Street Foreman James Worley said there will be no limit to this offer – citizens can take as much mulch as they can haul away.

“After trimming the right-of-ways, we are running all that material through a chipper, grinding it up and stockpiling it out by the baseball complex,” Worley said. “There is roughly 800 to 1,000 yards of mulch out there already, and we will be adding to it as we go, so folks are more than welcome to take as much of it as possible.”

Landscaping mulch is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering.

It can be used to retain moisture in the soil, to suppress weeds, to keep the soil cool and to improve the look of a garden bed.

Organic mulches, like the one offered by the City, also help improve soil’s fertility as they decompose.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, all residents of Jacksonville need to do is contact Worley at the Public Works Building.               

“All they need to do is call me, let me know when they want to pick it up and we will schedule a time to go out there. If they will bring a trailer or a truck, we’ll load it for them for free with our backhoe,” he said.

The Public Works Building can be reached at 903-589-3510.

“We are just now getting started really cutting back the right-of-ways, so this is going to be an on-going thing, not a one-time deal,” Worley said. “We expect to have a pretty good supply of mulch year-round, and as long as the people are willing to take it, they can have as much as they want.”

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