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Why choose colored mulch?

Colored Mulch has become extremely popular over the last decade or two. The primary reason is the fact that colorized mulch in your landscape setting will look beautiful and retain its color for up to a year. Natural mulch, regardless of dark it is when purchased, will bleach white from the sun’s UV rays in a month or two after spreading. For just a little extra money per cubic yard, the hard work you take spreading your mulch will visually last substantially longer. Another benefit to colorized mulch is that certain colors, such as black, don’t exist in natural wood except in anaerobic environments, so the only way to have beautiful black mulch is to add wood colorant to it.

How is colored mulch made?

Colored mulch is made in essence by taking natural double shredded hardwood mulch and mixing it with a blend of liquid colorant and water as the medium to apply it. At Mission Mulch, we use a machine called a trommel, which is a giant rotating drum to mix the mulch with the colorant. The resulting mulch is colorized to the desired tones the purchaser wants. We offer a color referred to as dark walnut and we also offer black. The colorant we use is safe for your plants, trees, animals and especially to you, the customer.

Colorized Mulch Manufacturers

Although there is a wide variety of colorized mulch manufacturers available, you want to be sure the mulch manufacturer is reputable. The industry standard is to use at least 4 pounds of colorant per cubic yard in production, but many companies realize if they use less, the customer won’t know until their colors fade very fast and they can cut their costs significantly. Mission Mulch uses no less than 4 pounds of the highest quality colorant per cubic yard to ensure your mulch retains its color for an appropriate amount of time.

How to avoid color run

Many people are unaware that colored mulch must be spread 24 hours prior to rain or precipitation to avoid color run off or improper curing. Colored mulch will never cure when it’s stockpiled as it requires air, sun and time to cure to the wood. An analogy often given is that it’s similar to painting a fence; If you wouldn’t paint a fence that day, don’t spread colored mulch that day. Sometimes people panic when the a mulch pile gets a heavy rain before they spread it and the colorant on the top layer comes off. If you simply take a pitch fork and toss that layer back in the pile once or twice the excess colorant will readhere itself instantly. If you want the best results out of your colorized mulch, spread it on a nice sunny day.