Footpath mulch is popular for the spaces between garden plots
because it allows gardeners to avoid the work involved in mowing
and trimming grass pathways while still allowing rainwater to be
absorbed. Here are some things to keep in mind for your footpath
- Aim for 4 inches of mulch for footpaths.
- Add a little footpath mulch each spring, because some will
decompose into earth over the winter.
- When choosing your mulch, ensure it is relatively dirt free.
This will reduce muddiness during rainy periods.
- Arborists are a often a great source of free footpath
mulch. When they are pruning trees they chip the wood and it
makes ideal footpath mulch. They typically cannot deliver mulch on
demand, but are often very happy to drop off a load when they have
a truckload. Even better, they will usually not charge you
for this, because it saves them from paying dumping fees at the
landfill. Just be clear to specify that you cannot take wood from
- Mulch is available at the East Calgary Landfill at no extra
charge and must be loaded by hand. Calgarians are welcome to
take one or two truck loads. View the City of Calgary
landfill hours and
Advice from our friends at the City of
"Please note: the mulch is created from Christmas trees and can be
acidic in nature.
It is not recommended for tender annuals but can be used around
evergreens, for garden displays, and is helpful for water retention
and weed control. Consult your local greenhouse for more