CONSUMER WARNING: This product may contain nails, or other foreign materials, thay may be harmful to your health. We purchased 22 bags of this mulch product from Home Depot on Saturday, April 10, 2010. My son was helping me lay the bags out when he steped on one of the bags and a nasty, rusty nail, punctured his foot.
At the very least you expect a mulch to be free from nails and other foreign debris. I was very disappointed that we found a nail in the Scotts® Nature Scapes® Advanced, Sierra Red. Even more disappointing was the response when we called Scotts to report the problem. The "customer service" representative did not seem concerned or surprised about the nail, which leads me to believe that this is an issue that they deal with often.
With regard to the other features of the product, I am unable to report at this time. We applied the mulch on April 10th and will not know about its color retention or weed control features until later. however, my belief, that with children, you should not use this product because the risk of stepping on a nail is too high.
My advice, try another brand.