VIDEO: What's In Your Mulch?

by on 08/23/2013 - 04:42 pm

Categories: Home Exteriors, Lawn & Garden

Well, the obvious answer is "wood."

But what was that wood before it protected your flower beds and accented your landscaping? Wood and bark straight from the tree is often expensive for producers, so in an attempt to cut costs some mulch yards will chop up and recolor old pallets, construction materials (still with nails and other sharp non-wood items), and chemically treated lumber.

Tainted source materials lead to tainted mulch, which can be harmful to children, animals, and gardeners. So before filling up another truck bed with mulch to sprinkle around the homestead, ask how and where the raw materials were obtained.

The mulch dying process also presents producers with an opportunity to take shortcuts to save money, both in the types and amount of dye used. As is the case with wood, all-natural dyes cost slightly more. The upside?  They're safer.

It's also important to note the intensity of the mulch's color when you see it in the yard. Since the wood in mulch is an organic, porous material that will be exposed to rain and sunlight, the color fades as the season goes on and mother nature bears down.

Smith Bros. Mulch in Medina uses wood scrap produced by the sawmill industry and whole tree land clearing as the building blocks for their product. This means no additional trees are felled in the process of producing family, pet, and garender-friendly, 100% natural mulch. Additionally, Smith Bros. offers a wide variety of colors that are designed to last the whole season—and sometimes longer—by applying more dye upfront.

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