Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Free Trees and Discount Garden or Landscape Equipment for Los Angeles Gardeners

There are still a few great deals out there for southern California gardeners if you know where to look. I've dug up a few cool deals for your garden right now. Better get them while they last! Those budget cuts could kick in at any time!

Discount compost bins and classes:

I've found two links, visit them for more information and phone numbers.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Some compost bins can cost $80-100 plus, but theirs are $40. And they show you how to do it with free classes and information. Or go for a worm bin with free worms for $65.
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/epd/sg/bc_bins.cfm


Los Angeles City Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation
They have a wonderful facility in the heart of beautiful Griffith Park. This is where I got my compost bin. They have several demonstrations set up to show you how to handle our crazy southern California soil problems, what types of mulch to use and lots of info on dealing with drought. It's so cool even Huell Howser has been there! They also have monthly Composting Events and Composting Workshops and Bin Sales.
http://www.ci.la.ca.us/san/solid_resources/recycling/composting/index.htm


Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Recommended Shrubs and Trees
Wondering what to plant this spring? Find trees that are exactly suited to southern California. Here's a list of trees and shrubs that are drought tolerant, provide shade to help reduce your power consumption and play nice with sidewalks and concrete!
http://dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/HomeOwners/shrubs.cfm


Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Free Trees Program
Free trees for residents! This program is part of the Green LA Program. They also have a downloadable Tree Guide. To get your free trees (while they last) you need to register, take an online class (so you know how to take care of your shade trees) and send in your form. They even deliver them too!
http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000744.jsp

Even more free stuff: Get Free Mulch for your new Free Trees. This is courtesy of the city's green bin recycling program. You provide the shovel and bag (and a little elbow grease), when you pick up your free mulch in selected LA cities. Click on their link on their site for more info and locations.
http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000744.jsp


Happy Gardening!

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