Magic mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jaybird24, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 623

    Anybody use this stuff to bring the color back to mulch. We have a property that wants the mulch looking fresh all the time and we thought this might work. How long does it last?
     
  2. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    TTT

    also curious
     
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i want to know too, was thinking of offering it as a service just the other day while mulching with hardwood. i hate how it grays in about 3 mo
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,783

    Interested myself, seems like it could easily be applied with a backpack sprayer. Since pine straw is so popular around here I was trying to think of something that could be sprayed on pine straw that would keep it looking new longer...maybe a low gloss water seal like Thompsons water seal or the like. For the mulch dye I know that Gemplers sells it in all the popular colors.
     
  5. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    this stuff isn't as a great as it sounds. it really doesn't look that good, caution must be used around any hard surfaces, and any place where the mulch is disturbed after application reveals the true faded look of the mulch.
     
  6. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Posts: 535

    i found that the brand call earth shades works great . we use a lot of black pallet mulch and i have been playing around with different kinds and found that one to be good . we bought a 15gal sprayer for our golf cart to start recoloring the mulch . i have only used the black but last year we put down new mulch and right next to it we just sprayed it and we came back after it dried and it looked better then the new. so ya i know putting down new mulch means more money but there is not a lot of labor to doing this. that's my 2 Penny's on this .
     
  7. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    You can also spray cleated iron. It works pretty good! I haven't done it in several years, but a friend of mine does quite a bit.
     
  8. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Posts: 535

    what is cleated iron ?
     
  9. Trenchblade

    Trenchblade LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 317

    I have used the mulch dye one time and thats was the last also. It was messy, clogged my sprayer a lot. You have to be real careful next to the concrete. when it is disturbed you can see the faded mulch under it. I did spray it on some pine straw and that looked awesome but still a big pain on the.
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,783

    Is the color close to pine straws color?
     

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