Dyed Mulch: What you need to know

Our dyed mulches are dyed using a vegetable-based dye, and it safe for plants and animals (and people!). 

Dyed mulches hold their color longer than natural mulches, keeping your landscaping looking fresh and finished. There are a few things to consider when ordering your dyed mulch: 

  • Dump dyed mulches on tarps to avoid discoloration of concrete. If a tarp is not available, wet the surface and then wash the area with soap and water after the mulch has been moved.
  • Avoid exposing dyed mulch to rain or sprinklers for 24-48 hours after applying mulch to your landscaping.
  • If dyed mulch has been delivered and rain is expected, do not spread the mulch. Cover it with a tarp until there will be 24-48 hours of no rain.
  • Rinse landscaping tools immediately after use to avoid staining and use gloves when handling dyed mulches.
  • In the event that the dye dries on surfaces, use SimpleGreen® cleaning solution to remove stain.

Renewing “Washed” Product

In the event that “washing” (dye rinsing off) 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 colored mulch in the pile to blend in with the surface material. There will be no product loss.

If the material has been applied to the landscape, there are two options to remedy the situation:

1) lightly rake the surface. Colorant loss is normally limited to the top half inch of material. Mulch is normally applied at a two-inch depth leaving plenty of material to cover the surface once it’s flipped over.  

2) top coat the surface with an additional half inch of fresh color-enriched product.