HED: Tupelo provides free mulch

- The city will load it during extended hours at its new compost site.

By Emily Le Coz

Daily Journal

TUPELO - If warm weather and sunshine haven't yet coaxed gardeners from the house, free mulch and compost from the city might do the trick.

The Public Works Department has opened its new compost and mulching site on North Commerce Street.

Residents can pick up free compost - an organic fertilizer made of grass and leaves - around the clock any day of the week. Mulch is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. Mulch, made of wood shavings, is used to provide shade and moisture.

City employees will load the mulch 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Fridays. Starting April 13, Friday hours will extend until 4 p.m., and loading also will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The compost site is north of the BancorpSouth Arena and south of the Tupelo-Lee County Jail. The mulch site is on the street but further north.

The former site on North Front Street closed in early March.

The public also can bring grass clippings and leaves - but no brush - to the site for composting, said Public Works employee Sid Russell.

For details on mulch and compost, call the Tupelo Public Works Department at 841-6457. Contact Daily Journal city reporter Emily Le Coz at 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@djournal.com

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