Mulch of a Different Color

By Lisa Winkler

Many gardeners never tire of the ubiquitous brown or golden wood mulch around trees and plants. But if you're looking for a change, imagine a colored mulch that highlights your flowers. Although colored mulches have been around for a few years, Hackney Parker of Seaside Mulch, Inc., has seen demand grow quickly. His company recently began using BayScape colorants, a new line of colorants for premium landscape mulch from Bayer Corporation, to color mulches made from a combination of recycled wood pallets and virgin wood products. Colors include mahogany, yellow, dark red, blue, green, and black.

"We supply the southeastern United States with colored mulches, and our most popular colors are dark red, gold, black, and brown," he said. Blue and green haven't caught on as quickly for residential uses, but school and commercial properties have used blue on playgrounds and schoolyards. The dyed mulches retain their color for about one year and inhibit weed growth. The colorants don't leach into the soil and are environmentally safe.

It's too early to map out regions by their color preferences, but Florida seems smitten with blue mulch, while Tennessee has a fondness for black. For more information on BayScape colorants, call (800) 662-2927. For wholesale and retail information on colored mulch, call Seaside Mulch, Inc., at (800) 641-0881 or visit its Web site at

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