Volunteers from Sacramento State’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and the Sacramento Tree Foundation will spend three hours this week spreading 15 cubic yards of mixed mulched leaves, finely chopped bark and wood around trees on campus.
The volunteer crew will work from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 18, near Eureka and Capistrano halls, laying mulch around the base of young Chinese pistachio, Western redbud and crape myrtle trees. Flower beds also will get a serving of mulch, delivered to campus by the City of Sacramento.
“Mulching Mania is a great campus event in many ways,” says Robert Anchor, manager of Sac State’s Grounds and Landscape Services. “It not only supports the University’s commitment to sustainable practices by enhancing the moisture retention values around our beautiful trees and plants, it also strengthens the overall awareness of our program by encouraging student participation in this unique event.
“The first Mulching Mania, in 2013, was a great success, and there is no doubt that this year’s will be as enjoyable and informative. The central location of this year’s event, in the Library Quad, may attract even more participants while potentially winning over some future Sacramento State ‘Green Revolution’ members in the process,” Anchor says.
Mulching Mania is an extension of Sac State’s April 17 Earth Day Celebration and serves as one of the University’s National Arbor Day projects. On April 25, grounds crews will plant five flowering cherry trees in the lawn between Sacramento and Lassen halls.
In 2012-13, the Arbor Day Foundation first honored Sacramento State as a Tree Campus USA; it renewed the designation this year. Sac State is home to approximately 3,500 trees.
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