The city of Woodland is offering residents and businesses $100 rebates for the purchase of plant-based mulch for use in landscaping.
A good mulch can conserve water by significantly reducing moisture evaporation from the soil, a city news release said. Mulch also helps maintain healthy plants by moderating soil temperature, which keeps their roots cooler in summer and warmer in winter. In addition, mulch helps prevent soil compaction and reduces weed.
The state’s Save Our Water Project estimates that mulch can save 20 to 30 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet each time you run irrigation.
The rebate is for a maximum of $100 per fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Only plant-based mulch (e.g., bark, wood chips, hulls) purchased after July 1 will be eligible for the rebate. The mulch must be installed to a minimum 3-inch depth before the rebate will be given.
The city of Woodland is also continuing the following water conservation rebates for residential and commercial water customers:
* A $75 rain barrel rebate, with two rebates allowed per property;
* A $150 rebate for weather-based irrigation controllers, also called WBICs or “smart controllers”; and
* A $25 rebate for rain sensors.
Up to 70 percent of urban water use in the Sacramento Valley is for landscape irrigation. One of the primary recommendations for reducing water use in landscaping is to use mulch around trees and shrubs and in flower beds to retain soil moisture and moderate soil temperatures.
The city of Woodland also offers a $100 rebate to residents who purchase a backyard compost or vermicompost bin for use in Woodland. Composting can turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil amendments and mulch for landscaped areas.
Rebates will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and will end when funds are exhausted. For more information, rebate requirements and applications, visit www.cityofwoodland.org/rebates or call the water conservation coordinator at 530-661-2067.