Free pine mulch available

Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful’s 17th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program has come to an end. Now all that’s left is pine mulch. Lots and lots of mulch—30,000-plus trees of mulch—free for the taking. Just stop by any one of the locations listed below with a shovel and a container to get your free mulch.

“The drop-off sites will need to be cleaned up soon, so we encourage area residents to stop by and pick up some mulch. You can use it fora variety of landscaping needs, such as ground cover around trees and under bushes,” said Lori Gummow, executive director of Winnebago/Rockford Clean & Beautiful.

Pine mulch is an attractive weed barrier around trees and shrubs. Shredded pine bark/mulch is good for planting beds and tree wells. Pine needles are durale; they do not mat down, and are very good for acid-loving plants. They are slow to decompose and are very attractive.

The Christmas Tree Recycling drop-off sites include:

Rockford: Don Schmid Youth Sports Center at Riverdahl Park—parking lot off Sandy Hollow, two blocks east of Kishwaukee

Kishwaukee: Blackhawk Park—100 15th Ave.; Levings Lake–east entrance, off Johnston Avenue; Andrews Park—800 N. Central Ave.; Gambino Park—River Lane off North Alpine Road; Alpine Park—900 S. Alpine

Loves Park: Martin Park—Park Ridge Road off Riverside, northeast parking lot

Cherry Valley: Baumann Park—behind maintenance building on South Walnut during daylight hours

Machesney Park: Machesney Park Village Hall—300 Machesney Rd., behind building

North Winnebago County: Williams Tree Farm—4661 Yale Bridge Rd.

Rockton: Rockton boat ramp parking lot—off Hononegah Road

Roscoe: Valley View Farms—6440 Belvidere Rd.

Westlake Village: at north end of Westlake at Smith Road.

Local sponsors who have provided financial support or services for this 2005 project include: Alliant Energy, Benny & Sons, City of Loves Park, City of Rockford, Commonwealth Edison, Harlem Township, Insight Communications, Lincoln Rental, Rock River Disposal, Rockford Park District, Rockton Township, Trans-Environmental, Valley View Farms, VIKING Chemical, Village of Machesney Park, Village of Cherry Valley, Village of Rockton, William Charles Investments, Williams Tree Farm, Woodward Governor.

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