Soil and Compost forum: Anaerobic Mulch

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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 17, 2017 10:07 PM CST
Finally made a trip to a very reputable place that sells mulches, composts, landscape soils, etc. in bulk or bagged. I bought 6 bags of shredded native hardwood mulch. I made the mistake of opening 2 of them. The smell was so powerful that the mulch must be anaerobic. What should I do with the bags (2 cu. ft. each) that I opened? (Obviously I plan to return the other 4 which I can't do until Monday, grrr.) Is there anything I can add that will bring the mulch back to life?

The reason I buy mulch is to cover a lot of bare areas on my property. Been doing this off and on, hither and yon, for years and have never had a bag gone bad. Aside from being extremely annoyed, to put it mildly, I'm worried about what to do with the opened bags.

Any suggestions? Please?
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 17, 2017 10:41 PM CST
Found this, I think it answers your questions:
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Mar 18, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Thanks @crawgarden. When I saw some of the pictures in the article I almost went outside in my jammies to make sure the mulch wasn't too close to anything living. I knew that some of it was near my oakleaf hydrangea. But I waited until this morning and saw that the mulch wasn't as close to it as I feared. I got a rake and spread the mulch thinner. However, I still plan to return the unopened bags on Monday.

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