Mulch Madness

Mulch Madness is BACK! Call 707-778-4507 to schedule your appointment.

What is Mulch Madness?

The City of Petaluma is serious about water conservation and we're here to help you save water and money. Mulch Madness is our free turf conversion program for residents and businesses who want to transform their water thirsty lawns to a drought tolerant mulched landscape. This program includes FREE sheet mulching supplies (compost, cardboard, mulch) and delivery, as well as irrigation conversion kits for residential accounts. Call (707) 778-4507 to book your on-site appointment to see if you qualify.

How does it work?

To qualify, a single family residential and multifamily residential water customers must first sign up for a Water-Wise HouseCall, another great free program offered by the City of Petaluma. A trained Environmental Services Technician will evaluate your turf area and determine if you qualify for the program. Commercial accounts must also call first and have a representative from the City visit their site to evaluate the landscape. The commercial program runs year-round.

Upon being qualified by the Technician, you will be provided with the contact information for the vendors whom you will be coordinating with to receive your sheet mulching supplies. Our vendors will be providing you with mulch, compost, cardboard, and an drip irrigation conversion kit. (Kits only available to single family residential accounts).

Program Rules and How to Qualify
Appointments are available Monday through Thursday beginning Spring 2022 until October 1, 2022 (exact dates subject to change). This time frame coincides with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for preventing contaminants from entering the storm water collection system during the rainy season. In order to qualify for the Mulch Madness program, applicants must:

• Own the home or business and be a Petaluma water customer. Non-property owners must provide written consent from the property owner to be eligible to participate in this program.

• Have a minimum of 500 square feet of high water-use turf landscape that is actively irrigated or has a recent water account history of irrigation. Lawns that have already been removed and areas of non-turf (weed or dirt patches) are not eligible for the program. The site must have in-ground irrigation.

• Program participants have one year from date of program qualification to schedule delivery of sheet mulch materials and pick up drip irrigation equipment. After one year, participants will have to schedule an appointment and be re-qualified to participate in the program. No deliveries will be made from October through May, no exceptions.

Contact info
To schedule your site evaluation please call Water Conservation at (707) 778-4507 or email [email protected].

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Transforming your water-thirsty lawn into a water-friendly oasis is much easier when you participate in our Mulch Madness program.

Water Conservation Team


Funding for this project has been provided in part from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and through an agreement with the State Department of Water Resources.

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