Free mulch is being given away by Southern Downs Regional Council.
Free mulch is being given away by Southern Downs Regional Council. Dane Lillingstone

Water saving mulch up for grabs

FREE mulch is up for grabs as part of a Southern Downs Regional Council water saving measure.

Not only does applying mulch to gardens help improve plant growth and soil structure, but it also helps save water, Councillor for Agriculture, Environment and Sustainability Cameron Gow said.

SDRC is encouraging all residents to take this opportunity to apply mulch to their gardens as a water saving measure for their homes.

"Mulch protects your soil from the sun and wind which helps retain moisture and reduces the need for watering,” Cr Gow said.

"With the Southern Downs in high water restrictions, we all need to be thinking about different ways we can save water around our homes.

"Research shows that applying mulch to gardens can reduce the need for watering up to 60 per cent and is a simple way to reduce water use and costs.”

Residents can pick up the mulch from the Stanthorpe and Warwick Waste Facilities on Friday, November 30 from 12pm to 5pm and Saturday, December 1 from 7am to 1pm.

Council is advising that mulch is not available at any of the other waste facilities.

SDRC will provide supervised loading on site to assist residents loading utilities and trailers. Residents may take as much mulch as they need so get in early.

Council require residents to provide general details prior to loading mulch on the day, and amounts of mulch available may vary between sites.