black (dark wood) mulch


i recently had the landscaper mulch the beds. soon after we recieved a heavy down pour which caused the mulch to streak down the hill. it appears to have stained the lawn with what looks like a shit stain. when i went to rake it back into the beds, i noticed the mulch has an oil like feel to it. they don't "stain" mulch do they? they didn't take crap mulch and coat it with something to make it look like dark hard wood mulch would they? this crap even stained my hands after i scooped some up.
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skeeter wrote the following:

Most red and black mulch is dyed.
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On 5/23/2010 8:29 AM, willshak wrote:

house to attract termites and bank mulch high around tree trunks to kill them fad kicked in two places around here were also selling blue mulch.
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George wrote the following:

I never saw blue, or any other color dyed mulch than the red and black, where I live. We have the red mulch around our property. I put it down and I have the stained gloves and clothes to prove it. My wife wants to go with the black mulch this year. I would rather spend the extra money and get the black rubber mulch. It doesn't disintegrate, so you don't have to replace it every year, and it won't float away in heavy rain. Being heavier, I would probably be able to clean the debris off it easier with a leaf blower.
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Rubber mulch is *very* expensive. Stone is cheaper, though I decided on un-dyed bark nuggets for this year. I did get a rubber mulch mat to go around a cherry tree I planted earlier this year, threw a few bark nuggets on top to make it look like the rest of the beds (still have a *lot* to do).
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On May 23, 12:34pm, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

I'd like to shoot the guy who mulched all my beds with stone. It's a huge PITA to plant anything new, weeding is a painful nightmare, and you can never get the roots, so it's a constant nightmare, too. I've been working for almost 5 years to get rid of the stones, which is also turning out to be a big headache. And incidentally, if you're mulching a young tree, they outgrow the rubber rings pretty readily, with the roots heaving them up and creating a nice gap to get caught by the mower.
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If you're having trouble weeding you don't have enough stone.

"Outgrow"? How so? The thing is 3' around.
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On May 25, 11:21pm, " snipped-for-privacy@att.bizzzzzzzzzzzz"

Once you have "enough" stone, it begins to trap windblown soil and gives weeds an even better place to start than underneath the stone.
"Outgrow" as in the trunk gets bigger and starts to heave up the ring. After I recut a couple surrounding my trees a couple times to allow for the larger trunk (another one for my PITA list), the big roots eventually started heaving up the rings from the middle (i.e., between the tree and the outer edge of the ring--the radius). Picture a sloping ring installed around the tree rather than a flat one. And, despite being rubber etc., once the trees start to heave them, they tend to start cracking, allowing grass to grow up.
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With zero depth, weeds won't have much of a root system.

We'll see. By then I won't be around.
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All the above x2. [and not bare-foot friendly, either]
*I* was 'the guy' who did my property with stone 25 years ago, so I chose not to shoot 'him'. Looked good for a few years- then I started cursing myself.
Now I use cedar. I can change colors if I care to; it takes a minimal amount of time & money to refresh; it adds nutrients to the landscape; it looks nice & even smells nice for a few weeks.
Jim
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They certainly do. Does th at color seem natural to you? So nice and even.
The future is rubber mulch. Cost more, but does not attract termites. Weill last a lot longer too.
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And it feed the dirt and worms too, it degrades into, rubber!
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ransley wrote the following:

I can't make out what you are trying to say. Rubber feeds dirt and worms? Rubber degrades?
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responding to http://www.homeownershub.com/maintenance/black-dark-wood-mulch-443432-.htm rubberecycle wrote: What company did you get it from? I am looking into buying Rubber Mulch for my yard. My children loved it. My neighbor recently got from www.rubbermulch.com and we had afew rain storms and there was no trace of running paint. It didn't blow away in the wind and rain. I just want to make sure you didn't get it from them. She seems really happy with it! and Sorry about your rubber mulch:(
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