What is Mulch?

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Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool in summer, warmer in the winter, and make the garden bed look more attractive.

Organic mulch will decompose and have to be replaced, however, in the process it will also improve your soil’s fertility and, of course, its organic content. Generally, the dryer and woodier the mulch, the slower it will decompose.

Please use the mulch calculator on our website to determine the number of bags or cubic yards of bulk mulch that you will need.

Hope Timber Makes Its Own Colored Mulch

In addition to adding curb appeal, colored mulch helps prevent weeds and retain moisture for ideal plant growth, just like non-dyed mulches. But unlike non-dyed mulch, colored mulch will typically maintain its color for one to two seasons, depending on the amount of direct sunlight. The vibrant midnight black, brick red or forest brown accent a home and make plants really stand out.

Colored mulch is enhanced with a food-grade dye, safe for children, pets, and the environment. Colored mulch retains its vivid colors longer than traditional mulch.

How is Colored Mulch Made?

Wood is brought to the processing facility where it is passed through grinders, creating smaller wood fibers or chips. Any metal is separated by large magnets. Large pieces are screened out and ground again. The wood is recycled material from homeowners yards, tree trimming companies, and businesses. The re-purposing of this wood saves filling landfills with useful materials.

The mulch enters a coloring system, whereby ultra-concentrated, environmentally safe colorant is mixed with water and applied to the wood fibers. The colorant is safe for children, pets, and the environment.

The mulch is bagged or transported in bulk to our garden center on W. Main St in Newark.

When applying colored mulch, allow it to dry, avoiding exposure to sprinklers or rain for an initial 24 to 48 hours; if it does rain prior to the mulch drying, rake the surface of the bed to even out the color intensity. If storing on concrete or finished surfaces, place mulch on tarp(s) to prevent any discoloring. If the colorant does get on pavement or other finished surfaces, simply use a hose or pressure washer to remove it.

What is Mulch – Hope Timber Garden Center | Newark OH
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