Mulch Under Shrubs, Bushes, and Trees

 In addition to water retention, mulch can provide weed reduction, added nutrients, and improved soil structure. Mulch should be about 2-3 inches thick to best help retain soil moisture. If plants are new, be sure to cover roots with soil and water them before putting down mulch.  It is important to consider in advance what type of mulch will be chosen and how frequently you will need to reapply it.

The City’s Office of Sustainability offers free mulch for all residents of Long Beach. To check for availability please visit