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Does native hardwood mulch turn grey after a couple months?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Ready to Mow, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,901

    These are the people that don't like the dyed mulch, but I'm finding that after a couple months they flowerbeds that spend most of the time out in the sun is where all the mulch is faded out like an old grey fence.

    Is it supposed to do that? Or do I need to buy my hardwood from somewhere else?

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,611

    I'd have to see your mulch to be more accurate. Sounds like pita customers that you seem to get. I feel for you
    chrissyboy and GrassManKzoo like this.
  3. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,901

    I haven't had any complaints, but I just think it would hold the brown color longer.

    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,611

    Your used to seeing it fresh like us all. Not sure about the gray part. Gotta be careful with the dyed stuff too. My mulch supplier has a disclaimer for dyed Mulch that they're not responsible if color is washed out from rain or irrigation.
  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,760

    Yes, it's supposed to do that, its natural wood, no different than the fence; so it will turn gray.

    This is why people dye the mulch in the first place.
    Natural wood isn't "brown" anyway, "blonde" is the description most used to talk about natural wood.

    There's a spray you can use, it thibknits called renu, to freshen up the look of your mulch.
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,235

    Yes what Ted/Ed said.^^^^^
  7. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,535

    Home Depot and lowes mulch will bleach out much quicker than more expensive mulchs. Do not chinch on quality. It will make you scatter brained. (J/k on that last sentence)
  8. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    a good, triple processed non-dyed hardwood mulch should hold it's color for a couple of months-you get what you pay for. The back at my place mulched about 4 weeks ago. I personally would never use a dyed product-even if requested, (which has never happened anyway.) That's just me, feel free to disagree.


    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    Hemlock seems to be one of the best as far as holding it's color. Cedar will fade from mid brown to light brown but stay light brown & keep it's appearance pretty well. The natural mulches seem to be better for plants too.
  10. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I do not believe this. You and I are both agreeing with him...

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