For those of you who don't already know, the city of Los Angeles processes and gives away free mulch and compost at a number of locations around the city. These can help with weed control and fertilizing your seedlings.
The mulch and compost are simply piled up and require that you bring your own bags, shovels, and whatever else you need to cart the goods away.
I've only picked up my compost from the Boyle Heights location. I'm not sure if it is distributed at all the other mulch give away sites as well.
For maps to and hours of access for the sites :