Single Grind Wood Material

Single Grind Wood Material (formerly Neighborhood Mulch Preserves) is no longer available.

Effective June 2020, the County has discontinued the availability of free Single Grind Wood material due to multiple safety and environmental issues such as:

  • The Single Grind Wood material was not intended for use as a decorative ground cover in residential landscapes. Unless aged for 6 – 8 months, it can draw nutrients from the soil and potentially emit fumes that can damage the foliage of landscape plants.
  • The Single Grind Wood material is not screened or aged. It could contain shards of metal, plastic or glass that could cause serious injury.
    • Due its coarse, rough texture, heavy gloves were required to avoid cuts and large splinters.
  • The Single Grind Wood material could also contain:
    • Diseased or rotten wood
    • Invasive Insect Species such as: emerald ash borer, ambrosia beetle, black walnut twig beetle, and gypsy moth.  These insect species are inflicting serious damage in forests throughout Maryland.  Single Grind Wood may also contain insects that can damage structures and landscape plants such as termites, grubs, nematodes, and other insect larvae.
    • Invasive Plant Species such as: Several species of Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris, Phyllostachys aurea and Pseudosasa japonica).  Shrubs such as: Linden Viburnum (Viburnum dilatatum), Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora), Winged Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus), Trees such as Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana), Silk Tree (Albizia julibrissin) White Mulberry (Morus alba) and a long list of invasive vines.
    • Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Wood Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Leadwort and other plants that cause contact dermatitis reactions.

Decorative Ground Cover

If you need a decorative ground cover for your landscape or garden, please visit your local garden center, home center, or landscape supply dealer.


For additional information, please contact Lonnie Heflin, Chief, Material Management Section, Recycling and Resource Management Division, at or 240-777-6409.