Free curbside chipping service, mulch available for Vail residents
VAIL — Vail Fire and Emergency Services will again provide a free curbside chipping service to assist property owners with defensible space on private property. The service is available now and will extend to Oct. 9.
The service includes chipping for branches, logs and small trees up to 15 inches in diameter. Slash must be stacked neatly in piles no larger than 5 feet by 5 feet by 5 feet per pile. Property owners are not limited to the number of piles they can have chipped. Slash pickup will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.
Vail Fire encourages all property owners to take appropriate measures, including creating and maintaining defensible space, to protect their homes from wildfire. Announcement of Vail’s chipping service coincides with the return of the six-person seasonal wildland fire crew that will assist with fuel-reduction and forest-health projects throughout the town.
To arrange for curbside slash pickup or to speak with a wildfire expert about reducing wildfire hazards, contact the Vail Fire Wildfire Division Hotline at 970-477-3509.
The town of Vail also is offering residents a limited amount of free mulch for placement around trees, shrubs and garden locations. Mulch helps conserve water by decreasing soil temperatures and the amount of soil exposed to wind and sun.
The mulch is available at the town’s Public Works facility, 1309 Elkhorn Drive, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday on a first-come, first-served basis while the supply lasts. Residents must be prepared to load the material on their own. Commercial landscapers are asked to make other arrangements in acquiring mulch for their businesses.
Combustible mulch, such as that given away by the town, should be placed in beds more than 5 feet away from structures. The use of large, continuous mulch beds should be avoided. Use noncombustible mulches such as stone or cobble for areas next to structures.
The town’s supply of wood chip mulch comes from recycled Christmas trees, community slash pickup and hazard tree removal. To check availability, call the Public Works Department at 970-479-2158.
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