scotts earthgro brown mulch - dyed or natural?

view1ny NY 6-7July 31, 2011

I was looking thru the home depot local ad and noticed this mulch for sale. Does anyone know what Color Advantage is? Does this mean the mulch is dyed? I want undyed organic brown mulch and am not sure where to find it.

Thanks for any info.

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AMaji

The colored mulch is for aesthetics. I don't see any other use for it.

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 3:10PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

It is dyed. Except for a cocoa hull mulch, I don't know of any wood mulches that would be consistently dark brown color naturally. Have you called any local landscaping companies (not the big box stores)?

    Bookmark   July 31, 2011 at 9:44PM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Nowadays it is becoming increasing more difficult to pick up hardwood mulch or pine bark mulch. You don't really have much choice other than the dyed mulch--unless you want to buy the rubber mulch (ugh!).

Regardless, a mulch should help retain moisture and inhibit weeds--2 of the main reasons why I use mulch anyway. But I agree--I'd prefer a "natural" look, although the brown dyed mulch isn't as unnatural looking as the red dyed mulch.

After about a month, the dyed mulch starts to fade in an uneven pattern--tends to look much more natural than the new dyed mulch did.

Kate

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 8:21AM
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view1ny NY 6-7

I would prefer not to have dye leach into my garden soil. I'll make some phone calls to local nurseries to see what I can find.

I don't care that much about how it looks - I just want a mulch that's good for my roses!

Thanks to all who answered.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 9:47AM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

I use shredded cedar (or cedar chips if I can find them, they look nicer) purchased from the big box stores (HD or Lowes).

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 3:33PM
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teka2rjleffel(z10FL)

Diane, have you found the cedar to be helpful in deterring insects? I've often wondered that since it used to be used in closets for that reason. I mix some cedar pet bedding into the soil hoping it helps keep nasties away.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 2:48PM
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palustris(Z6 MA)

I live in an area without big box stores so I may be off base here, but both my local garden center and the local landfill have bark mulch and composted yard waste available. The cost is usually around $100 for four yards delivered. I usually get four yards of compost in the spring and four yards of bark mulch in the fall.

If you live in an area where the box stores have driven the local garden centers out of business you can still try the local recycling center. They give the mulch away in my town and you can load as much as you can fit in your car or truck. I use my plastic recycling bins to take the recycling to the drop and pick up the mulch in the same containers for the trip home.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 2:44PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Haven't noticed that the cedar mulch keeps any pests away, but haven't done any controls either.

Our local landscape centers sell in volumes too large for my little garden, and our landfill doesn't do mulch/compost, hence I get my mulch from the big boxes.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 9:47PM
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