Anyone coloring mulch beds?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Digdug, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Digdug

    Digdug LawnSite Member
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    Is anyone coloring mulch beds? I have some large commercial accounts that dont need new mulch every year and dont have to look like Bush Gardens. I thought we could rake and turn it over some then spray the brown coloring on the beds that the mulch manufacturers are using. Any thoughts good or bad?? thanks , doug
  2. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    i have several accounts that have two mulchings per year. even though the second round is a light mulch, it is better to fluff the mulch and apply a dye, and let the mulch to continue to degrade.

    although our mulch vendor is alittle upset since he loses 300 yards.

    the other factor is that labor wise, there is no savings, just the mulch materials savings. the fluffing and especially dying is extremely slow going. since the dye is actually a carbon based pigment it dyes everything - concrete, brick, plants...
  3. Digdug

    Digdug LawnSite Member
    Messages: 125

    Glad to hear someone does this. Everyone I mention it to says they've never heard of it. I am looking to reduce the manpower during the night hours that we install the mulch. Also want to darken the beds up once a summer. I thought the dye would be a good idea. thanks
  4. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
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    with a good spraying system and if you have a Large area to cover with NO obstacles i would say maybe, but if you going around walkways, flowers, shrubs whatever i would say no , i thought of using that stuff to ......
  5. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    I have found the coloring is almost too stark and uniform for residential, commercial areas it works fine. Plus around obstacles and plantings it is a real pain- easier to add more mulch. When we do use it we have found using a poly shield for spraying drywall texture works real good to prevent overspray. Overall I'd rather re-mulch. Usually you need a second app to even out the color.
  6. mr mow

    mr mow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    wow! guess someone has already thought of it! Thought i came up with a brilliant idea the other day....and that was to redye the existing mulch. guess its already been done.
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    am Lennard sells the dye
  8. Digdug

    Digdug LawnSite Member
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    Couldnt find Am Lennard on the net. Do you know where there located? thanks, doug
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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  10. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,585

    they are all correct it is very labor intensive and usually you will have to respray certain areas to make it look even. we did it about seven years ago and never again

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