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Less is better!
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Dyed with non-toxic mineral colorants, these wood chips provide weed suppression and erosion control, and reduce water evaporation. Longevity 3 years.


  Meets Caltrans standard specifications section 20-2.08 for mulch

Key Benefits:
  • Very decorative product
  • Minimum 3 year life and more
  • Enhances flower & shrub areas
  • Improves water holding capacity
  • Reduces weed propagation
  • Reduces water evaporation from the soil surface
  • Meets Caltrans standard specifications section 20-2.08 for mulch
  • A complete list of benefits can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section
Physical Properties:
  • Granulation - 3" minus
Use Rate:
  • 3" to 4" deep

  • Product shall be 3" minus chipped recycled fir wood, colored with a long lasting, non-toxic mineral dye.

  • Owner specifies color choice of:

    • Standard - Brown & Gold mix or Red
    • Special Order - Green, Black or Gold
  • Advance notice of delivery may be required.

  • Use rate is 4".

  • May be purchased from Terra-Verde Industries 949-551-0363 or equalivent supplier.


What colors are available?

What are the complete benefits to recycled woodchips?

  • 100% Recycled Product

  • Maintains color for over 3 years

  • Colors do not run

  • Effective against erosion and is used by Caltrans for Erosion Control

  • Saves on water bills

  • Provides weed suppression

  • Moderates soil temperature

  • Uses natural and safe dyes

  • Reduces soil compaction

  • Removes toxic substances

  • Promotes microorganisms in soil

  • Gives jobs a finished appearance

  • Suppress diseases in soil

  • Fewer chemicals required for weed control

  • Drip irrigation and colored/natural mulch, trees, & shrubs will save you a minimum of $3920 per acre per year on maintenance alone.

  • Replaces walk-on bark and lasts 10 times longer

  • Costs less than bark or fir

Are the colorants safe for my plants and animals?

Yes! The raw materials used to make the colored mulch are made from naturally occurring colors in the earth's surface. These colorants, as well as other ingredients in the colored mulch, are specially formulated to be nontoxic to plants and animals.

How much mulch should I apply?

As a general rule of thumb, you should apply mulch at a depth of 3-4 inches. Use less mulch for heavy, clay soils and more for lighter, sandy soils.

Will termites interact with mulch?

Termites tend to interact with most forms of cellulose fiber regardless of the source or type. However, mulch is typically a less attractive source of food because of its small particle size (termites tend to prefer lager masses of wood). If homeowners have problems with termites in their area, the best course of action is preventative care. When placing mulch around a home, common recommendations include keeping a six inch trench between the top of the mulch and the veneer on the house. An additional preventative measure includes dusting the trench with a termiticide an a yearly basis.

Is mulch detrimental to plant growth?

No. Using mulch will actually help your plants grow better by inhibiting weed growth and preventing weeds broom breaking through the soil. Mulch also keeps the soil surface cool and helps it retain moisture. Another added bonus is the beauty and variety that mulch brings to your landscape.

Does the mulch deplete nitrogen levels in the soil?

As the mulch wood breaks down initially, it will use up some of the nitrogen in the soil. However, after the fiber decomposes, it will restore the nitrogen back to the soil. The best way to maintain good plant growth is to implement and follow recommended fertilizer programs, a good horticultural practice regardless of whether or not mulch is used. For example, you may want to gently work a specially formulated fertilizer (like 16-9-12, 18-11-12, or 20-10-10) into the soil before mulching.  Another alternative is to use landscape fabric as a barrier to cut down on potential depletion.

How long does the mulch maintain its color?

The mulch will typically maintain its color for up to three years, compared to other mulches, which turn gray or white after just a few weeks.

Do the colors ever wash off the mulch?

No. Once the colors dry, they are on the mulch permanently. You will not experience any color wash-off or leaching.

How often is re-mulching required?

Raking the mulch is not necessary, however, it will rejuvenate the beds and allow additional aeration to plant roots. After about 2 years, rake the mulch bed, then top dress it with 1-2" of new mulch. Use care not to over mulch.  After 3 years a light spray application will make the material appear new.

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