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Q: Does the University have a supply of compost, mulch etc. for my home landscape?

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 A: No. The University of Minnesota does not provide compost, farmpost, mulch, soil or plants to any entity or individual outside the University. Our LandCare Facilities Management follows best sustainable landscape management practices by reusing landscape waste as compost, soil amendments, wood mulch, etc. Unfortunately, LandCare produces only enough of a supply of these for use on the various University campuses they manage.

However, here are some sources for landscape materials in Minnesota:

MN State Hort Society / MN Green Program
Seeds and plants (must be a member of MN Green)
Contact: Vicky Vogels
(651) 643-3601 ext. 211
(800) 676-6747 ext. 211

Gardening Matters
Resources for community gardens
Sabathani Community Center
310 E. 38th St., #204, Minneapolis, MN 55409

The Mulch Store
Compost, mulches; some sites accept home yard waste including ash
Main info: (952) 946-6999
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a limited staff.
Saturday hours will begin April 7th.

Four locations:
14800 Johnson Memorial Dr. (Hwy. 169)
Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 445-2139

1030 W. Cliff Rd.
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 736-1915

Empire Township
16454 Blaine Ave. E
Rosemount, MN 55068
(651) 423-4401

4275 Creek View Circle
Minnetrista, MN 55331
(952) 446-1056

Communities sometimes also have free mulch / compost for residents. Please check with your local municipality.

MN Landscape Arboretum Summer House / Apple House
Landscape plants, landscape ornaments, pots; local in-season fruits and vegetables including MN apples
Open during the growing season May - October, 10am - 6 pm daily
Main Arboretum information: (952) 443-1400

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