died mulch.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dcjb, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. dcjb

    dcjb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    has anyone had any problem with annuals dieing in the died mulch?
  2. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    never. The weeds come back too.
  3. my mulch died to, may it rest in peace.
  4. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,662

    Did it "die" a natural death, or was it killed in a robbery attempt or something?
    Use "dyed" next time.
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,077

    They dye may have nothing to do with it.

    Google "toxic mulch".

    Several years ago, I bought bagged mulch for my own flowerbeds.
    We had planted annuals two, or three days prior to applying the mulch and the day after laying down the mulch, about 4 flats of flowers were D-E-A-D.

    Apparently if mulch isn't processed properly, it gives off gasses that can kill nearby plants/grass.
  6. kyia

    kyia LawnSite Member
    Posts: 75

    Never knew that thanks for the info man.
  7. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,738

    only the "died mulch" will kill flowers. thus the name
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    Fantastic puns everyone, we know an lco that has seen the effects of toxic mulch around annuals though......not cool
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  9. dcjb

    dcjb LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    sorry about the spelling, you guys are rough. lol. but thanks for the information
  10. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,234

    Dyed mulch no but hot mulch yes will kill plants material. Usually it will be hot from decomposition. Back in the day they use to grind up pallets and call it hardwood mulch but now it is a federal law not to because of the arsenic.

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