Everyone knows that mulch is magic! Well maybe not magic, but it is essential to a healthy garden and landscape. Mulch helps a garden several ways. It keeps weeds at bay since it smothers them out, it retains moisture in the ground so your plants stay better fed, and it offers visual appeal. If you want a healthy, beautiful garden and landscape, you are going to want to mulch and mulch well. However, most gardening centers sell bags of mulch for as much as $5.00 a piece. While these mulches tend to be fancy, typically dyed and even scented, do you really want to pay that kind of money? No way! Why pay bug bucks for mulch when you can score some for as little as FREE? Continue on your quest to landscape on a dime by taking a peek below at how to mulch for free.
There is no need to pay big bucks for fancy gardening center mulch. Take a look and see how easy it is to still provide your landscaping with the protection of mulch while keeping some green in your pocket.
5 Ways to Mulch for Free:
1. Let the city provide it.
Do you live in the city limits? If so, most city waste programs offer free mulch made from the trees they have had to cut down all year. The only trick is, you need to come and haul it yourself. Call your city and see if this service is offered for residents, and then take a few trash barrels or a pick up truck and load up on free mulch.
2. Behold the power of leaves.
Don’t you hate raking leaves? They seem to multiply as you rake. Well now those leaves have some use. You can easily grind them up in a trash barrel, add a little water, and use the mixture as mulch. Depending on your leaves, the mulch may even have a nice gold hue!
3. Grab those grass clippings.
Many gardeners adore using their grass clippings for mulch. It is full of nutrients and in abundance every time you mow the lawn. Next time you mow, hang onto those grass clippings and put them to work for you.
4. Hold onto hay.
If you know a local farmer, or perhaps you purchased hay in the fall for décor purposes, it makes a great mulch. Alfalfa and other hay varieties enrich the soil and provide excellent protection. Plus, if you know a farmer or already have some, it is free!
5. Buddy up with a neighbor.
While it is not 100% free, buy some mulch in bulk (not bagged) from a gardening center and split the cost with a neighbor. Buying in bulk will cost you less, and there will be plenty for both of you. Or, if you notice a neighbor has an abundance of mulch, simply try to barter for some or get some at a great price. I am sure they will be happy to get rid of it.
If you are looking to landscape on a dime, finding free mulch is a great way to get started! Don’t pay as much as $5.00 a bag. Instead, give one of the frugal tricks a try and mulch for less.