Adding mulch to your garden or landscaping is an easy way to help plants thrive, since it locks in moisture and blocks out weeds. But it can be expensive: about $11 for each eight-gallon bag. Instead, get mulch for free: Local parks and roads departments regularly haul away dead or fallen trees and grind them up into mulch. It’s free for the taking to use all over your home. If you’re worried the free mulch may also come with ground up weed seeds, simply seal the mulch in black garbage bags and let the sun’s rays exterminate the seeds. Spread the mulch and reuse the bags for garbage. Savings: Hundreds of dollars!
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