red mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by outcold00, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
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    i have a pretty simple question, one of my clients wants to order red mulch, and i had heard from a guy who worked at the mulch place, that red mulch attracts more insects? is this true?
  2. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
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    More than cedar, cypress, rock?
  3. deyoe1118

    deyoe1118 LawnSite Member
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    I can't stand red mulch but yes I have been told that before...not sure why thoough?!?!?
  4. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What I have been told by numerous large mulch suppliers is, all red dyed mulch has ground up pallets in it. This material has not been composted and therefore will rob the soil of nitrogen as it decomposes, but as for attracting more insects, not heard that. You could speculate because it has been processed, the wood maybe easier for insects to eat and digest, but just a theory.

    Cedar & cypress are naturally insect resistant, where soft woods & processed material may be easier for the bugs to enjoy. Besides the garish look of red mulch and the fact it will rob nitrogen from the soil, there are better choices.

  5. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I've heard that also about red mulch attracting insects.
    I try to keep my clients from using it since its so ugly, fake and unnatural. but a couple still like it. I like the cedar and also use that black mulch.
  6. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    typical black mulch is the same as the red just dyed a different color. the best mulch is regular hardwood, it breaks down to ammend soil and induces proper ph balance. but if youre looking for bug deterrant cedar and cypress cant be beat.
  7. packer101

    packer101 LawnSite Member
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    It itself dosent attract more bugs. hemlock mulch and red cedar repel bugs naturally. Pine dosent help in any way. black that is dyed can repel bugs the natural aged black hemlock does not repel bugs becasue it is already decomposing.
  8. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Posts: 507

    thank you , i was going to say the same thing, i cant believe some people dont know that its all the same. some of my clients think that red mulch is cedar lol
  9. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think it might attract bulls.
  10. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Bark is a natural barrier to keep bugs out of living trees. It is not bug food. Wood is food to a lot of bugs. Wood chips and/or shredded pallets and other demo is wood, not bark.

    One of the biggest concerns that I have is that I'm not seeing much pure bark anymore. Even the "premium bark" that I'm seeing has some red dyed wood mixed in with it. It does not look like it at first, but after a few weeks the wood finds its way to the top and the color becomes obvious as the dyed wood becomes separated. Give me finely ground spruce/pine/hemlock any day.

    Here in the north east, hardwood bark mulch is not readily available.

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