In a number of areas, it is possible to get free mulch for your landscaping by just making a few phone calls. Call your local street maintenance department, local parks, and local utility companies to see if they charge for mulch produced in the course of maintaining the area. Trees are trimmed or removed regularly as necessary to prevent dead trees from falling, to remove debris from storms, or to prevent limbs from damaging power lines. Most municipal departments and utility companies grind the felled trees and limbs into mulch. Many of these companies or departments are happy to give away the mulch; others sell it for a very low price. Bagged mulch usually costs between $3 and $10 per bag, depending on the type of mulch you need. Getting free mulch from a utility company or a municipality can save a lot of money when you landscape and when you need to add mulch each year.

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