How to Store Extra Mulch, Compost and Garden Soil

Did you end up buying more mulch, compost or garden soil than you need?

Don’t throw the extra landscape materials away or leave them exposed to the elements – taking either of those actions is like putting cash in the trash. Instead, take the time to store your surplus mulch, compost and garden soil properly, and you can use them for landscaping and gardening projects in the spring.

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Storage Basics

When you store organic landscape materials like mulch, compost and garden soil, the goal is to slow the growth of fungus and decay in order to retain the nutrients. To accomplish this, you need to keep excess moisture away and allow for adequate air flow.

Storing Bagged and Bulk Mulch

If you have extra bagged mulch, check to see make sure the bags have holes for air circulation – and if they don’t, poke a few yourself. Then, simply set the mulch in a dry area for the winter, like a garage or garden shed.

To store surplus bulk mulch, place the landscape material on a tarp and cover the pile with a second tarp to keep the supply dry. Leave some of the edges free so that air can easily flow underneath the tarp and through the mulch.

Storing Bagged and Bulk Compost

For bagged compost, as with bagged mulch, you need to ensure ample air flow. However, for best results in the spring, you need to turn the compost every now and then to bring up the damp bottom layer – so, we recommend emptying the bagged compost into a couple of inexpensive garbage cans or plastic storage bins.

Follow the same approach if you have extra bulk compost to store over the winter. Shovel the landscape material into containers, turn it once in a while and the compost should be in good for use in the spring.

Storing Bagged and Bulk Garden Soil

If you have a surplus of bagged garden soil, place the bags in plastic storage containers and store the landscape material in a garden shed, garage or other dark, dry area.

To store extra bulk garden soil over the winter, you can use the same two-tarp technique for storing bulk mulch – but in this case, compact the top layer of the pile when you place the second tarp. Or, if you prefer, you can store bulk soil in plastic storage bins.

Do you have questions about mulch, compost, garden soil or other landscape materials? The expert team at Dirt Bag, a leading northern Utah supplier of high-quality landscaping supplies, is happy to provide answers.

And if you need additional bagged or bulk landscape materials for your spring gardening and landscaping projects, we’re the go-to source. All of our products are regularly tested to ensure consistency, and our prices are sure to make you smile.

For more information on storing extra mulch, compost or garden soil – or to arrange for landscape material delivery to your Salt Lake County home or business, contact The Dirt Bag in West Jordan, Utah, today.