Mulching & Pruning


Mulching is easily one of the simplest and most efficient ways to help conserve water during a drought. The benefits of mulching are actually significant enough to warrant use in the landscape all of the time. Mulching both plants and trees is considered an industry best management practice.

Mulch comes in many different types, but our favorites are compost, leaves, and wood chips. Mulch should be applied to areas where turf is not present or has been removed. Mulch should be applied at a depth of 3 - 4 inches to the area desired. For trees the larger the area that you can mulch under the drip line (the width of the trees canopy) the better.

Mulch helps to insulate the soil reducing the amount of water that is lost to the atmosphere through a process known as transpiration. This insulating effect also helps to maximum the water you are using in the landscape and its availability to plants. Over time mulch breaks down into organic matter which slowly works its way into the soil.

This process greatly improves soil quality, including soil porosity which further helps to increase the efficiency of your watering. Mulching also helps to suppress weed growth that keeps the landscape looking more finished and prevents weeds from competing with our trees and plants for water.

Free mulch is available to Ventura residents at the Cornucopia Community Gardens.

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Tree Pruning Management Plan

The City of Ventura Urban Forestry Program is responsible for the pruning and maintenance of the City’s 30,000 public trees through a management plan that calls for pruning most or all of the trees within the city’s 24 pruning zones over a 6 year period.

Based upon staffing, funding and specific tree needs, yearly and long-term work plans are being developed with the goals of pruning most or all of the trees within a given geographic region or zone and targeting a specific number of zones for pruning each year for a targeted zone-pruning cycle of 6 years.

While it is our goal to prune all public trees, especially residential trees, within that 6 year cycle, there may be years where extenuating circumstances require recalculated decisions that could alter the length of time between pruning cycles.