Benefits of Dyed Mulch from Indiana Mulch & Stone
Our Epic Black™ Dyed Mulch is a uniquely attractive landscape product with environmental benefits. Our Epic Black™ maintains its vibrant color longer than your typical Hardwood mulch. Premium Hardwood™ mulch for instance will usually turn gray within a few months. Epic Black™ mulch is safe for humans, animals and the environment. It also benefits soil structure, inhibits weed growth, and provides many other wonderful benefits.
Epic Black™ Dyed Mulch is Proven:
-Vibrant and Long Lasting
-Non Toxic and Safe for People, Pets, and Plants
Not all Dyed Mulch is created equal:
Most dyed mulch on the market is made from recycled pallets, pressure treated lumber, furniture, construction debris, and other unsavory wood products (along with all the nails, screws and whatever else that is in the wood). Dyed landscape mulch containing wood treated with chromium, copper and arsenic can raise the levels of harmful chemicals in your soil. At Indiana Mulch we use 0% of these cost cutting methods, instead our dyed mulch is manufactured using composted recycled tree brush fiber and hardwood bark. We outperform our competitors not only with a better wood fiber product but our “State of the Art” processing equipment and the best non- toxic coloring agent, with no chemicals that leach into the ground or evaporate into the air. Indiana Mulch utilizes the newest mulch coloring machinery in the entire country which in return allows us to use less water and colorants to ensure the best dyed product available while leaving a smaller environmental footprint on water and fuel usage.
The Coloring Agents:
Better living through chemistry applies to dyed mulch also. Indiana Mulch achieves the rich color of its dyed mulches through utilizing all natural, non-toxic coloring agents. These coloring agents are derived from some of the Earth’s most common elements. These include Carbon, Iron Oxide, and Iron Oxide-Hydroxide.
Epic Black™ dyed mulch utilizes Carbon which is the 15th most abundant element in the Earth's crust and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known life forms, and in the human body carbon is the second most abundant element by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen.
Epic Brown™ dyed mulch utilizes Carbon and Iron Oxide. Iron is the most common element (by mass) forming the planet Earth as a whole. It is the fourth most common element in the Earth's crust. Iron oxides are chemical compounds composed of iron and oxygen. Iron oxides and oxide-hydroxides are widespread in nature, play an important role in many geological and biological processes, and are widely utilized by people.
Epic Red™ dyed mulch utilizes Iron Oxide without the addition of Carbon.
Epic Gold™ dyed mulch utilizes Iron Oxide-Hydroxide for its coloring. Iron Oxide-Hydroxide is also used in cosmetics, tattoo inks, and used as a phosphate binder in aquariums.
The Coloring Process:
To understand how dyed mulch may occasionally experience product “washing”, it is necessary to have a general understanding of how the color-enriching process works. The colorant is dispersed in a water-based solution in the production process. Water is the carrier that enables the colorant to coat our wood fiber surface. While water is of great value to help evenly coat the wood fiber with rich, vibrant color, it also acts as a carrier between the wood and colorant particles that bond to the wood and cannot be broken just by adding additional water, such as rain or an irrigation system. The bond needs time to form between the colorant particle and the wood fiber. This is referred to as critical drying time or curing.
There is no steadfast rule on what is the required critical drying time. This is based on fiber moisture content, production inventory time, and weather all contribute to the variability. These factors yield a wide range in possible drying time requirements. Experience tells us the range of 24-72 hours is a comfortable window. The timeframe is based on when the product is installed, not produced.
Dyed Mulch Installation Dos and Don’ts:
- Dump bulk dyed mulch onto a tarp to prevent discoloration to the ground or driveway surface. If a tarp is not available we recommend wetting down the driveway or lawn before dumping the dyed mulch and washing the surface off with soap and water, or use a pressure washer after applying the dyed mulch if there is any visible residue.
- Avoid scheduling your delivery and / or application on a day when heavy rain is forecasted. If you do take delivery and rain is in the forecast. As noted above, you should try to find a window of no less than 48 hours of rain-free weather as critical drying time is needed.
Renewing “Washed” Product:
In the event product “washing” does occur, there are options available to amend your mulched areas. If the material has been delivered and is in a bulk pile, the washed product can simply be mixed in with the rest of the mulch as it should be just a surface wash. There will be enough dyed mulch in the pile to blend the surface material. There will be no product loss.
If the dyed mulch has been applied to the landscape, there are two options to remedy the situation (keep in mind the same critical drying time is needed).
- Lightly rake the surface. Colorant loss is normally limited to the top half-inch of material. Mulch is normally applied 2-3 inch depth leaving plenty of material to cover the surface once it’s flipped over.
- Top coat the surface with an additional half-inch of fresh dyed mulch.