The Lowes stuff is ok. I bought a pallet of it earlier this year. The Scots may be a bit better but I believe it is all from Scotts or the cmpany that packs it for them. Ultimately there are no real differences in shredded wood mulch. If it helps you at all - I'm buying more from Lowes.
Those buying large quantities, this works out to $27 for a cubic yard. We buy dyed mulch from a local supplier in large quantity, min delivery 5 cubic yards (equivalent to 67 1/2 bags) for less money and it is higher quality and color lasts 3 years. Takes 28 yards to do our property, that would be 378 bags...).
I bought about 20 bags from HD a year or so ago and be warned, they may come chock full of fleas. My dog, who is now 12 and had never had fleas before, broke out soon after I laid this out. After doing some research, I found that the fleas likely came from the mulch. If you don't have dogs/cats and don't like to roll around in your mulch, then you are fine.
This stuff is absolute junk. Color faded in a few weeks. Thankfully I had read the reviews first and had saved my receipt and the UPC. I contacted Scotts and they gave me a full refund, but it was a big hassle and waste of time.
Stick with your local nursery for what I found to be a much much much higher quality product, and worth the extra $$$
If it helps anyone's decision, both stores offer a 10% veteran's discount, but... * at Home Depot you have to have a service connected disability (your VA card MUST say "service connected") * at Lowe's you just have to present a valid VA card
This has helped so much this year in keeping my garden wet with less water. This stuff is a super sponge and it really helps soak up the water and then release it as needed. I'm actually water less, but my plants (mostly in my dahlia bed) are doing a lot better this year.
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