Free Mulch Giveaway is Saturday May 4th!

The Annual Mulch Giveaway is back! Holiday trees dropped off during the Treecycle program are mulched and distributed back to Denver residents for free each spring. 

The Compost Sale is different for 2024 - Click here to learn more.

2024 Mulch Giveaway

The 2024 Mulch and Compost Giveaway is May 4th from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

FREE Dig-Your-Own Mulch and Compost sites — Remember to bring your own shovel!

  • Denver Central Platte Campus (1173 Bayaud) — Only dig-your-own mulch and compost.
  • Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Rd.) — free loader service and dig-your-own mulch is available at this location for trucks and small, one axle trailers. Dig-your-own-mulch is also available. THERE IS NO COMPOST AT THIS LOCATION.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get free 'Dig-Your-Own' mulch?

Free 'dig-your-own' mulch is available at 2 locations this year: Havana Nursery and the Central Platte Campus. Refer the the map below to get address and directions to the mulch and compost sites.

Where can I get free loader service mulch?

Loader service mulch is only available at the Havana Nursery. You must have a truck (no canopy) or a trailer to get into the loader service line.

Can I get loader-service mulch AND dig-your-own mulch at any of the sites?

Yes, the Havana Nursery location has both loader-service and dig-your-own mulch. If you are choosing to use both, please get in line for loader service, exit onto Havana, and then rejoin the main line on Smith Road for the dig-your-own pile.

How do I participate in the Compost Giveaway

For 2024 only, compost will be distributed free from City and County of Denver and WM. Registration is required and subject to availability as quantities are limited. The compost giveaway is "Dig-Your-Own," and residents must bring a 5 gallon bucket, shovel, coupon confirmation number and proof of residency. Visit (whatever the link is) to register for a coupon; no coupons will be distributed onsite. 

Do I need to bring my own digging tools for digging mulch and compost?

YES! Communal tools will not be provided. Please bring your own shovel, rake or/or other equipment for loading mulch into your vehicle.

Can I get mulch and compost at the same location on May 4th?

Yes. You can find Dig Your Own Mulch and Compost at the Central Platte Campus Location.  The map below will give the exact location for the event site. Residents must have a shovel.  Additionally, residents will need a 5 gallon bucket for the free Compost Sale. Communal tools will not be provided.

Can I get free mulch and compost if I don't live in Denver?

This event is only for Denver residents.

Is it possible to use the free mulch and compost for my company?

Commercial vehicles are not allowed at this event.

Is the Mulch Giveaway still at Veteran's Park, Sloan's Lake Park, and Bear Creek Park?

The Mulch Giveaway will not be occurring at these locations as they were in previous years.


Use the Map to Find the Mulch and Compost Giveaway Locations.

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