Our mulch colorants consist of completely natural, food and cosmetic-grade ingredients. They are non-toxic and safe for plants, pets, and humans.
If your pet comes into contact with one of our colored mulches before the recommended drying time is completed, it is possible for your pets to track some of the color on their paws. However, once the product goes through the proper drying time after being applied in your landscaping (24 – 48 hours), the colorant will “lock” into place.
Our color-enriched mulches may temporarily stain your driveway, but the colorant will eventually wash off after several rains or a good power wash. To prevent driveway staining altogether, we recommend placing a tarp or plastic down where you wish to have the mulch dumped.
Once you know the dimensions of the area you are trying to cover, please refer to our convenient mulch calculator (insert link here, or make the words “mulch calculator” a clickable link). For new mulch, we recommend mulching three inches in depth. Depth for existing mulch can vary.
A bark mulch (Smith Bros. Original, Smith Bros. Triple, Grandscape Double, Grandscape Triple) is made entirely from the outside bark of the hardwood tree. Bark mulch is fine in texture, lays uniformly, and will add nutrients to your soil as it breaks down. It is smaller in size compared to a wood mulch.
A wood mulch (Timber Ridge) is made from the dense inner parts of the hardwood tree after the bark has been removed. A wood mulch is slightly more coarse in texture and takes longer to break down.
A mulch that is natural in color is aged over time to its current color, without any extra color enrichment. Natural mulches typically range in shades of lighter to darker brown. Over time, natural mulches eventually take on a grey hue as they decompose and are exposed to the sun.
A color enriched mulch has non-toxic, naturally derived colorant added to it, giving it a richer, more brilliant color. Our color enriched mulches are available in light brown, dark brown, black, and red. Once proper drying time is completed, color enriched mulches will hold their color and are more resistant to fading.
We never use wood from pallets or other building materials in our mulches. Quality is our number one priority, meaning we only use wood and bark straight from the lumber mills.
Once spring has arrived, there are certain steps you can take to ensure your mulch will look and perform at its best. See our guide below to achieve the best results!
- Trim Trees and Bushes. Trimming trees and bushes, especially in the areas you are going to mulch, will allow your landscape to look more well-kept. We recommend doing this before mulching due to the debris it produces. Some plants do not like being pruned, so make sure to know your plants before completing this step.
- Clean out your flower beds. Once your trees and bushes are trimmed, it is time to create a clean canvas. Freshen up your beds by raking out dead leaves, grass clippings, sticks, plant debris, and old mulch. This will allow a smooth surface for the new mulch to be applied on.
- Get rid of weeds. 1-2 weeks prior to mulching, use weed killer or pull any existing weeds out.
- Cultivate your flower beds. Loosen up any compacted soil and mulch with a hand cultivator or rototiller. If you do not have any of those tools, simply make sure to rake your beds thoroughly. This will allow moisture and air to pass through the mulch easier, reducing the chance for fungus to grow. Be careful not to hit the roots of your plants.
- Edge your flower beds. Creating a clean edge between your landscaping and lawn will not only enhance the look of your beds but will also help prevent any excess mulch from flowing over. Using an edging shovel or power edger will help you accomplish neat, defined edges.
- Apply a pre-emergent. To help prevent the germination of weeds, apply a pre-emergent to your beds. After your mulch is installed, a second pre-emergent application can be done.
- You are ready to mulch! When applying mulch in bulk, a wheelbarrow and shovel or mulch fork will allow you to transport and spread with the most ease. Spread your mulch to a total of three inches in thickness across the entirety of your beds. If you are using a color-enriched mulch, it will require 24-48 hours of no hose water, sprinkler water, or precipitation once it is spread to allow the color to fully dry and bond to the mulch. We recommend raking your mulch every 1-2 months to help prevent compaction and fungus growth, and to keep the mulch looking fresh. If you have any questions or need further advice, do not hesitate to contact us! We are always happy to help.
Yes, #57 limestone, #34 river gravel, and #57 river gravel are all driveway stones we can tailgate at no additional cost. Someone must be present upon delivery, and advanced notice is needed to ensure a driver capable of tailgating is assigned to your delivery. Please note that overhead wires and tree limbs may limit the ability to tailgate spread.
Depending on the product you purchase, along with the quantity of said product, we do have split trucks that are capable of bringing multiple products in one trip.
The amount of product one can fit in a vehicle depends on the size of the vehicle itself and the weight of the product. Most pick-up trucks can haul roughly 2 yards of mulch, and ½-1 yard of stone. Please contact us if you have any further questions, or need help calculating how much your vehicle can haul.