Village Offers Free Wood Mulch for Homeowner Landscaping
Palatine residents have come to enjoy the double-ground wood mulch the Village has provided over the years. This green initiative allows the Village to recycle wood from trees removed throughout the year. The Village uses the mulch for their landscaping beds, however, the mulch is also made available to residents.
A layer of mulch can enhance and protect plants, shrubs, and trees by reducing root damage caused by temperature extremes. Mulch can also inhibit weeds, retain soil moisture, control soil erosion, prevent soil compaction, and help prevent soil splashing onto buildings.
Because this is such a popular program, residents are encouraged to call beginning March 1 to schedule a delivery appointment with the Department of Public Works by calling (847) 705-5200. Deliveries are made on Fridays in April to residents’ driveway aprons. The cost is $16 per cubic yard, with a three cubic yard minimum order size and maximum of ten cubic yards.
For smaller amounts of mulch, residents may visit the mulch bins at the holding center located at 550 North Smith Street near the elevated Smith Tank water tower south of Northwest Highway. Please bring your own shovel and containers. There is no charge to pick up your own mulch.
Mulch delivery and mulch pickup are only available to single-family residences within Village limits. Any other properties that do not participate in residential refuse service (such as townhome or condominium communities, commercial properties, institutions, etc.) are not eligible for these programs.