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Hardy Enterprises
03-27-2001, 12:02 PM
Has anybody ever used mulch dye to freshen up beds? Did it look good? How long does it last?

Jay

FIREMAN
03-27-2001, 09:18 PM
A nieghbor of mine asked me to order him some mulch dye from landscapers supply....I did...but never again.....It is like painting grass green..it looks great for a couple of weeks then looks terrible..also it stains concrete and shoes. Watch for run-off....it will bleed color every time it rains..and can stain walks or pavers even after the initial application..

kutnkru
03-27-2001, 09:32 PM
Mulch dyes when applied properly can last anywhere from 4-6 months.

Good Luck this season!
Kris

fireball
03-31-2001, 02:35 PM
I agree with kutnkru. When applied the right way, it works like a charm. This product is not for the careless person. If you make a mistake, soap and water will not make it go away, you will look at that spot or footprint for at least the next nine months. Application equipement makes all the difference in the world. We started with solo backpack sprayers, went to 50 gallon sprayers, then to 3 gallons spray docs, and finally to 1 gallon B&G stainless steel sprayers that the pest control guys use($210.00 each at Lesco)The unit shuts off at the tip so there is no dripping and with the fine mist you get the right coverage. You have to "paint" in two perpindicular directions to get the right coverage. You will find that if you do it the right way, the cost of the dye comes to 84% of the cost of fresh mulch at 18.00 per cubic yard. What you do save is cost of installation of the mulch. You usually can only apply this technique in areas where the customers have accepted the use of dyed recycled mulch already.
My suggestion to you is to sell the customer on using large pine bark nuggetts instead of mulch. Twice a year you spray the nuggetts with the dye and they look brand new. At worst, you might have to add two bags of nuggetts per year for the typical house as compared to 5 yds of mulch.
I'll never go back to mulch again. Disadvantage to this is that it takes a little more skill to getting leaves out of the beds in the fall

jeffyr
04-01-2001, 07:23 AM
I saw a guy at a commercial building using a backpack sprayer in the beds and he was shooting dye. His application was streaky and uneven, he sprayed over plants, and walked through where he just sprayed tracking it all over. Didn't look good to me, but as fireball and kris said, properly applied should look good.

jeffyr

Jasonn B
07-07-2010, 03:05 PM
Any updates on this mulch dye? How is it today? Any recommended products?

Stuttering Stan
07-07-2010, 07:18 PM
I used it last week for the first time. IMO, it's a pain to use. The spray tip kept clogging and it was difficult to get a even spray. Because it is a dye, everything it comes into contact with turns brown, including your hands, the sprayer, boots, concrete, shrubs.
Next time I'll apply new much, less hassle than dye.

360ci
07-20-2010, 09:54 AM
I had an elderly couple order some mulch, I dyed it black for them off site before it was installed as they had changed their mind. It wasn't worth the time and effort. Anyway, after one winter the following spring, the mulch was gray. So, the 86 year old owners decided to spray paint the top of it with gloss black, lol.

Jasonn B
07-20-2010, 12:54 PM
LOL, I bet that won't hold up with spray paint?

I remember reading some of that dye is really good and really does work, but who knows which brand is good and works?

WGrnd21
07-20-2010, 09:56 PM
dying mulch is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of. The point of mulch is to help the plants. putting chemicals into the soil is not in the interest of the plants. Mulch should be applied one a year which will give it the fresh look it needs. Just take a rake and shuffle the mulch around that will make it look nicer.

shooterm
07-25-2010, 11:54 PM
Theres way to many negatives to dyed mulch. I try talking everyone out of it.

Jasonn B
07-29-2010, 04:15 AM
Hmm, it's strange but I read somewhere a bunch of reviews for a certain product that everyone liked. I'm wondering if it's all bad, or some brands are good or better than others,?

adam.neusbaum
03-01-2013, 01:17 PM
We started with solo backpack sprayers, went to 50 gallon sprayers, then to 3 gallons spray docs, and finally to 1 gallon B&G stainless steel sprayers that the pest control guys use($210.00 each at Lesco)The unit shuts off at the tip so there is no dripping and with the fine mist you get the right coverage.

I'm just getting into this service & though it's an old thread I wanted to say thanks 'cause reading your progression thru sprayers will save me some time & money since my first move was going to be a backpack sprayer. I'll be shopping for the B & G today.

Blade Runners
05-22-2013, 09:33 PM
So how is the mulch spraying coming along Adam?

caseysmowing
05-23-2013, 08:05 AM
So how is the mulch spraying coming along Adam?

I would like to know too.
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94gt331
05-25-2013, 07:54 PM
Don't they sell allready dyed mulch in your areas, here in Pa dyed brown, black and red are very popular here. But I normally used plain premium bark mulch most of the time.

caseysmowing
05-27-2013, 07:43 PM
They do but sometimes no more mulch is need but needs freshing up. Just a idea.
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adam.neusbaum
09-11-2013, 04:01 PM
So how is the mulch spraying coming along Adam?

I have a tendency to drag my feet when customers aren't demanding something. I really like to know what I'm doing beforehand. Back in May I had ordered a gallon of dye from Envirocolor & the "Pinestraw color" was pretty sorry. I wasn't real enthused about pursuing the service until here lately when a 1400 bale pinestraw semi trailer came in & looked like trash. I'm rather embarassed to sell it since there's little to no color to it & the bales are chock full of sticks.
So I started shopping again for dye & ordered three 2.5 gallon jugs.
Here's the colors I chose:
Pine Straw Brown
Red
Dark Walnut

I have two options on the table & I like both although one of them requires a whole lot more work than the other.
1.Topical sray mulch as this thread describes
or
2. Solution dye this junky looking straw by breaking bales that haven't already come apart (terrible straw bales all around), Sun-drying & rebaling.
Here's a pic, let me know what you think.
I have

Blade Runners
09-17-2013, 12:37 PM
The color looks good. I wonder how long it will last though. Solution 2 sounds like alot of work. Is anyone else in your area offering pre-dyed pine straw?

adam.neusbaum
09-17-2013, 04:21 PM
Nobody local that is.
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