FREE garden mulch – City of Ottawa has free woodchips available at six locations

Free Woodchips Ottawa

OTTAWA, July 11, 2022 – Looking for mulch for your home yard or community garden? Well, starting Friday, July 8, the City is offering free woodchips at select City recreation facilities and work yards – while supply lasts. Just bring your own shovel and containers, and there’s no quantity limit per person.

Our City yards have seen large amounts of tree debris over the past month. They have been placed through chippers to produce woodchips – great for mulch in gardens and around trees. But remember, these woodchips made from storm debris will differ in quality and size from the commercial mulch sold at hardware stores and garden retailers.

The woodchip piles are available 24/7 at the following locations:

Recreation facilities

  • Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
  • Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Minto sports field parking lot, between Minto field and Hamilton baseball diamond)


  • 29 Hurdman Road
  • 2145 Roger Stevens Drive
  • 4244 Rideau Valley Drive
  • 1655 Maple Grove Road

Woodchips at these locations will only be replenished during business hours while supplies last.

Safety is always our priority. When collecting your wood chips, be sure to wear gloves and appropriate footwear. And be aware of other individuals and vehicles at the facilities and yards.

SOURCE City of Ottawa

Please note: Woodchips might not look exactly as shown

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