As homeowners across the state prepare to add more mulch to their landscaping, it’s time to take a closer look at one of the most commonly used mulch products — dyed black mulch. How is dyed black mulch made and what benefits can it offer the plants in your yard? Keep reading to find out!
Dyed Black Mulch
Dyed mulches are created from bark, wood chips, and wood by-products that are colored with an environmentally-friendly wood dye or stain. While dyed mulch can be produced in many different colors depending on your preference, the most common color is black. The dye is added at an exact stage of the manufacturing process, just before the drying process starts. Once the dyed black mulch makes it to your home, the final drying and setting of the dyes will take place.
DIY Dyed Black Mulch
If you loved the look of dyed black mulch but want to try your hand at doing it yourself, it’s a surprisingly easy task. Homeowners can purchase wood dyes that come in powder form. Mix the dye with water and spray it onto your mulch once it has already been distributed in your yard. The do-it-yourself dyed black mulch will retain its color once dried and won’t fade for a while. When dying your own mulch, ensure that the finished product will have at least a few hours to dry before any exposure to moisture. That will ensure the best color possible.
Synthetic Dyed Black Mulch
This might sound like cheating, but there are also synthetic types of dyed black mulch available. Some types are made from recycled rubber from car tires. Rubber will stay a vibrant black shade for many years without fading. Other black mulch is made from recycled black plastic. If the black mulch you’ve been admiring is at a commercial nursery or field, there’s a strong chance that it is completely synthetic.
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