Neighborhood Mulch Preserves
Neighborhood Mulch Preserves are part of our effort to decentralize the management of yard
trimmings, in this case, brush. This program helps us reduce
the costs of transporting this material and of processing it into compost.
Plus, the Preserves provide convenient community access to a free, valuable
resource for yards and gardens: mulch!
Brush — twigs and branches collected
curbside from residents on their recycling day — is hauled to the Shady
Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station. Here, the brush is
passed through a tub grinder, which shreds the woody material into pieces
roughly 2 to 4 inches long. The resulting mulch is then transported
to the distribution sites listed below.
In January and February,
the mulch is mostly from recycled Christmas trees. That's a great time to pick up a high-quality (not to mention fragrant!) mulch for use later in the year.)
Can you deliver mulch to me?
Sorry, we do not deliver mulch.
You must load and transport the mulch you wish to take. Please bring your own tools and bags/containers.
Where are Preserves located?
Montgomery County Recycling Center /
Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station
16105 Frederick Rd.
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
- If heading North on Route 355:
- cross King Farm Boulevard
- turn right into the Transfer Station/Recycling Center property
at the next traffic light
- If heading South on Route 355:
- cross Shady Grove Road
- turn left at the next traffic light
- Once on the property, follow the driveway back into the property,
and take the last right turn before the Public Unloading Ramp.
- The mulch pile is to the left of the Recycling Center building.
E. E. Halmos Park
(Bodmer Ave Entrance)
Open: Daylight hours
- Take Route 28 West to Route 107 North
- Turn left onto Fox Avenue
- Turn right onto Hughes Road
- Turn left onto Bodmer Avenue
How can you use free County mulch?
The mulch from our Neighborhood Mulch Preserves is good for:
- use on woody plants such as bushes, shrubs, and trees
- use as a cover material on walkways or other areas where you want
to control vegetation.
- a carbon-rich addition to home compost piles
Mulch from our Neighborhood Mulch Preserves is not the same
product that you buy from garden centers or nurseries!
Age the mulch before applying it. Our mulch is "green". It must be aged for at least
6 to 8 months before it can be used for your flowers, vegetables, or other
plants with tender or shallow root systems.
Wear protective clothing. Mulch may contain allergens, poison ivy, termites,
and/or carpenter ants. (Composting/curing may eliminate most of these
problems.) Wear proper clothing when handling this mulch,
such as a long sleeve shirt and pants, gloves, eye protection and a
The Division of Solid Waste Services makes no guarantee concerning
the quality of the mulch, nor assumes any liability for injury or property
damage as a result of the use of this mulch.
us for more information about using mulch.
The Department of Environmental Protection has additional information about
environmentally-friendly landscaping and water conservation.