_The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Resource Recovery Department will have a limited amount of free Christmas tree mulch available to the public at Zilker Park, in the Polo Field, beginning Tuesday, January 17 after 2:00 p.m
_ The mulch, available on a first-come, first-served basis, is strictly for private use and is usually depleted within a 24-hour period. The pick-up location is at Zilker Park by the Polo Fields. Individuals picking up mulch should bring their own bags and necessary equipment. Park personnel will not be available to assist with mulch loading.
The Parks and Recreation staff strongly recommends the mulch be placed in a compost pile for several months to cure. The mulch is green and the decaying process causes it to get very hot. If the mulch is applied without a waiting period, it may damage or kill vegetation in areas where it is spread.
For more contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 512-974-6700.