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Old 04-19-2014, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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I got a few bags of the Scotts mulch at the Home Depot sale recently ($2 per bag of 2 cu ft). They are in the garage and I'm noticing condensation at the top of the bags inside. SO, I'm worried mold will start growing in the mulch or it will decompose in the bags.

Do you guys know how long can these bags be stored?? I was hoping it can be kept for 3 months or so.... I don't really need to replenish the garden bed right now since we paid someone to mulch last fall. However, if it's use it or lose it, then I'll go ahead and spread them out asap.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:16 AM
 
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Everything you need to know about mulch

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Old 04-20-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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The condensation inside the bag is simply the ambient moisture in the mulch, at time of bagging.

I've used cheapo big box brand bags of mulch stacked in a corner of my yard, that were a season+ old: some of the mulch had started to 'break down' and had a touch of mold/fungi, but that's what happens whether it's in the bag, or on the ground.

It's shredded/chopped wood material: use it or save...no big deal, imo.

And, the no name stuff at Lowe's or HD works as well as the big name brand stuff, in my experience.
GL, mD
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:53 PM
 
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I got a few bags of the Scotts mulch at the Home Depot sale recently ($2 per bag of 2 cu ft). They are in the garage and I'm noticing condensation at the top of the bags inside. SO, I'm worried mold will start growing in the mulch or it will decompose in the bags.

Do you guys know how long can these bags be stored?? I was hoping it can be kept for 3 months or so.... I don't really need to replenish the garden bed right now since we paid someone to mulch last fall. However, if it's use it or lose it, then I'll go ahead and spread them out asap.
It shouldn't be a problem, especially if you put slits in the bags.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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It shouldn't be a problem, especially if you put slits in the bags.
I put in a slits as soon as I saw the condensation.... so sounds like that's all I need and they can stay put for a few months. Thanks everyone!
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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By the way, if you are storing mulch in your garage for a long period of time be sure it's not anywhere near any sources of heat or fire. And never never never put out cigarettes in mulch. Mulch is combustible!
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