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Q.Can I Use Wet, Fresh Mulch?

Zone 73501 | JLewis added on May 30, 2020 | Answered

Hi, I just bought fresh mulch from a tree service. The guy who brought it said it needs to dry out for a couple of weeks before I can use it. I’m confused though because it doesn’t seem like it would matter much when I’m going to be getting it wet when I put it in the garden anyway. It won’t be mixed into the soil so nitrogen loss shouldn’t be a problem. Do I really have to let it dry out for a couple of weeks?

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Answered on June 2, 2020

Letting it cure will make it less prone to bacterial rot. This will be the main concern- rotting in the soil. I would, also, recommend letting it cure before using it.

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