Free Wood Chips Available at Blackwell Nursery May 19

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Free Wood Chips Available at Blackwell Nursery May 19

Mulch Provides Many Benefits to Gardens

(April 18, 2018) — The public is invited to pick up free wood chips while supplies last on Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s native plant nursery at Blackwell Forest Preserve, 29W218 Mack Road in West Chicago.

Homeowners may bring vehicles no larger than a pickup truck to take mulch; contractors are not allowed. A District employee will be on hand with a tractor to help fill trailers or truck beds. People who want smaller amounts should bring their own containers. Allow enough time to load your vehicle and exit nursery by 1 p.m.

The nursery entrance is on the south side of Mack Road about 0.5 mile east of Route 59. For more information on the free wood chip pickup, call 630-876-5920 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Wood chips are a great natural way to add nutrients to your soil, keep soil moist and inhibit weeds,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “Reap the benefits of healthier soils and plants by using organic mulch in your landscaping.”

The District makes its own mulch from dead trees and tree and brush trimmings and uses it for trails and landscaping throughout the forest preserves. When it has more than it needs for a season, it makes the mulch available to the public.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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