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The 3rd Annual Mulch Magic Giveaway will be held from 7 am to 1 pm on June 2 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, Gate 8.

Nearly 150 cubic yards of shredded redwood will be handed out free on a first-come first-served basis, courtesy of Nevada Irrigation District and sponsors Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD) and the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

The first-come first-served format is new in 2018; the mulch will be available to participants in the order that they arrive during one day only, Saturday, June 2. For the first two years of the event, participants picked up vouchers that were redeemable at a local supplier.

The event starts at 7 am at the Fairgrounds’ Gate 8, and goes until 1 pm, or while supplies last.

The mulch is provided in bulk and will require a truck. Also, participants are asked to self-load the mulch, meaning everyone must provide their own shovels, containers and tarps to cover the loads.

The limit is 1 cubic yard of mulch (enough to fill a pick-up truck) per vehicle. The material is for personal use only; not for resale or commercial use.

Mulch is a great tool to help save water in gardening and landscaping. Two or three inches of mulch helps retain water keeping the soil moist for longer periods of time.

Some nifty mulch facts include:
• Sixty gallons of water can be saved per week by adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch around trees and plants (for each 1,000 square feet of irrigated landscape)
• Mulch keeps soil moist and slows evaporation, allowing water to sink into the soil, which reduces the rate of watering needed for plants to thrive
• Mulch breaks down into the soil, providing nutrients for trees and plants
• Mulch protects plants by moderating soil temperature and suppressing weeds

The Mulch Magic Giveaway is part of NID’s continuing efforts to promote conscientious water use and conservation.

For more information about the event, contact Kaycee Strong at 530-273-6185, ext. 244 or strongk@nidwater.com