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Mulching before it rains

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MDLawnman, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. MDLawnman

    MDLawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    How long before a rain storm do you put down dyed mulch? 12 - 24 hrs? I've never had the problem before of the dye washing off, but have read about it here recently. Does the quality of the mulch make the difference?
  2. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    It's going to rain on it eventually, so it shouldn't matter.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    If there is a poblem with the dye... 12 hours or 12 minutes ain't going to matter, is it? Odd question...

    Just tell the client dye is for suckers and that now you hear it is just washing into peoples' soil after a rain...
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,753

    Don't use that unnatural junk mulch and you won't have to worry about the color washing away.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    no matter how long you wait its still gonna rain sometime and the dye will fade
  6. MDLawnman

    MDLawnman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 229

    ALL good points. Many thanks!
  7. Leo the Landscaper

    Leo the Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    If you are getting a load delivered and dumped on concrete in a driveway or parking lot, time it for before a rainstorm to help clean the concrete! Otherwise does not matter.
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 37,805

    I mulch in the rain if I gotta finish a job. Haven't had a problem.
  9. johnnybow

    johnnybow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 157

    Ive used real fresh colored mulch that was real juicey. And if it rained on it , it would lighten alot. If you can give it a day to dry then you should be good
  10. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    I've done many mulch jobs in the rain too. Dirty work, but good "light" rain work.

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