I live in an awesome town that has a tree & branch collection site. You can drop off your tree clippings or branches, the city then takes them and turns it into mulch and has a huge pile for anyone to take. …for FREE. Check your city’s website to see if they provide a free mulch service.
Mulch makes great layers when filling in raised garden beds and to mulch around fruit trees and berry bushes. When acquiring mulch, check to see if it is from Christmas Trees. Many cities will mulch Christmas Trees too, but for your typical garden you want to STAY AWAY from Christmas tree mulch because it is too acidic. Luckily our city separates the Christmas Tree mulch from the traditional stuff.
*Tip* In order to not get our car quite as dirty, we purchased a Bagster – Dumpster in a Bag from Home Depot and used that to lay in the bottom of our van and fill it with mulch. We figured that we would end up using it later for it’s intended purpose.