Ever Heard of Colored Mulch?

Mulch is a common and popular method of covered ground around plants and flowers to create a moist barrier, as well as an attractive and stylish addition. A good mulch is also useful for health of the soil as well as fertilizer and weed reduction. One of the most popular types of mulch is bark chippings, but other similar types that are also used regularly are wood chippings. Most mulch takes on its own organic color, such as wood chippings being the color of the wood that they were part of, grass clippings being green and so on. However, there is a way to color mulch so that it can be more decorative as well as functional.

What is Colored Mulch and what is it Used for?

Colored mulch is more for decoration and attraction as well as for moisture. Mulch can be colored in black, all shades of brown, gold, red, blue and can be made from wood chips, pine straw and bark chippings. The water-based dye that is used for coloring mulch is safe for plants and uses a chemical binder to keep the color from running when it rains. Early on in the life of marketed colored mulch, there was plenty skepticism about the safety of such products. Investigations showed that no significant threats were posed by the colorants and therefore it was deemed safe by the Mulch and Soil Council.

Mulch is often applied around the bottoms of plants bushes and shrubs to make the ground look less like soil or dirt and more like a landscape scene. The mulch offers a barrier of moisture that the plants can benefit from and regardless of the color of the mulch the soil is not affected. Most mulch will decompose in time and if you are applying it at the start of your growing season you should probably have enough left over to touch up any gaps later on. As the mulch color fades over time you might consider covering it with fresh mulch to rejuvenate it or spray more dye onto the existing mulch to re-color it. Mulch in San Diego CA will protect the ground in the same way as mulch in Oregon, but the moisture levels will differ between the climates.

 

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