The Q&A Archives: How long does mulch last in their bags?

Question: I just bought about fifteen bags of red mulch from home depot. I found out today that the plants that I was going to plant will not be here for another two weeks. Is it ok to leave the mulch in their bags and if so do I need to water them or anything else. Thanks so much for your help.

Answer: The bagged mulch should be just fine in the original packages. Bagged compost and mulch can sit in a nursery or garden center for several months before being used and it doesn't harm the product at all. Your mulch should be just fine without any special care from you. Best wishes with your new plants and with your landscape!

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