Mulch conserves water and helps discourage weeds
Using mulch can help conserve water, shield your plants’ roots from temperature extremes and discourage the growth of weeds.
We have free mulch available for Glen Eira residents. The free mulch bay is located in Glen Huntly Park car park off Neerim Road. Melway Ref: 68 E3 (near the corner of Booran and Neerim Roads).
Residents can access the facility seven days a week. The material generally comes from the shredded prunings off park and street trees — sometimes it is from other sources. The material is untreated. As the volume varies, we cannot guarantee continuous supply.
Public safety information
Mulch is made from organic materials and contains living microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi and protozoa. It may also contain mineral and fertiliser additives.
What are the risks?
Inhalation of dust and/or liquid mists may irritate, inflame or sensitise the nose, throat and lungs. This may result in illnesses ranging from hay fever or asthma to pneumonia (eg. Legionnaire’s disease) or pneumonia-like illnesses. Direct contact with this material or its dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols) may cause skin irritation (dermatitis) and skin or eye infection or irritation. People particularly at risk are those suffering from asthma or allergies and those whose immune defence systems are compromised.
How to be safe around mulch
- Avoid contact with eyes and skin.
- Avoid breathing dust and/or liquid mists (bioaerosols).
- Wear suitable protective clothing and standard duty gloves (AS/NZS 2161.2).
- If exposed to dust and/or liquid mists, also wear dust resistant eye protection (AS/NZS 1336) and particulate respirator (AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716).
- Wash thoroughly immediately after handling.
- Wash work clothes regularly.
- Clean up by wet sweeping or vacuuming.
- Store it in a cool location.
- First, irrigate eyes with plenty of water for 10 minutes.
- Wash skin with soap and water.
- Seek medical attention for any persistent skin, eye or respiratory symptoms.