Thursday, April 15, 2010


We have begun mulching the beds at the Arboretum.  We use the free mulch from the Pitt County Landfill off Allen Road.  It is free for you too.  Call 902-3350 and then select #1 for the Scale House to find out if mulch is availabe and what hours they will load it for you.  Pitt County turns your yard waste into wonderful mulch and all you need is a pickup truck or trailer (or a friend with such).  Remember to take a tarp because the mulch has to be covered when leaving the landfill.  According to the Department of Agriculture:  "Mulches are a labor saving device for the gardener. A layer of mulch will help prevent the germination of many weed seeds, reducing the need for cultivation or the use of herbicides. Mulches also help moderate the soil temperature and retain moisture during dry weather, reducing the need for watering. Mulches protect the soil from the impact of raindrops that can cause crusting. Crusting can prevent the germination of seedlings."