Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get your outdoor space back into ship-shape. There’s a long list of to-dos you’ll need to tackle, and beautifying your space is far from the least among them. Mulching is an excellent way to create a beautiful and healthy lawn. But what color of mulch will you use? There are many wonderful options, but might we suggest black mulch?
If you’re unsure what color to use, black-dyed mulch is a modern, stylish choice. Today, we’ll unveil the benefits of black mulch and answer all your most pressing questions. We’ll also offer unique landscaping ideas and provide a big tip on choosing the best ground covering – regardless of the color.
What Is Black Mulch?
Black mulch is any mulch that has been colored black, which can be achieved using various methods. At Lumberjacks, we use carbon dust to give our mulch that dark, appealing color. Many people love dyed mulches (especially black and red mulch) because they allow for greater creativity in landscaping.
What Are the Benefits of Using Black Mulch in Landscaping?
All mulch provides certain benefits, like weed suppression and soil moisture retention. These reasons are why people have chosen to use mulch for most of recorded history. Of course, there weren’t so many distinct and convenient options available at the beginning of recorded history and people made do with whatever they could find.
Today, there are many mulch colors you might choose for your outdoor space. But there are a few reasons you should consider black mulch specifically. A few of the most significant of these reasons include:
Absorb and Retain Heat
Did you know black coloring absorbs and retains more heat than other colors? That’s why it’s a popular color to wear in colder weather. Your black mulch can do the same for your soil, allowing for a higher ground temperature than the air. This is an especially useful benefit for those living in cooler climates.
Efficient Sunlight Blocking
Black-dyed mulch isn’t only better at retaining heat but also at blocking sunlight. Weeds need sunlight and air to grow. By blocking more sunlight and reducing the air that reaches the soil, black mulch is an exceptionally efficient weed suppressant.
Provide an Elegant Aesthetic
Black mulch provides a very elegant, modern aesthetic for your yard. Using it in your garden beds and around trees creates a visual appeal that’s somehow both striking and simplistic at the same time.
Create a Stunning Visual Contrast
While black mulch may create a simplistic visual aesthetic, it can also create a stunning visual contrast. The dark coloring will make greenery and brightly colored flora pop. Use black ground covering if you want your favorite flowers to take center stage.
Reap More Benefits by Choosing Premium Organic Mulch
If you want to reap the most benefits of mulching, regardless of the color you choose, use premium organic mulch. Organic mulch will feed the soil as it decomposes and should pose no risk to your blooming outdoor space.
Lumberjacks offers premium organic hardwood mulch in the elegant black coloring you’re looking for! When you choose us, you’ll receive a medley of benefits, including all that comes with our unrivaled dedication to customer service. Since our mulch is crafted from kiln-dried wood logs sourced from trusted local harvesters, you’ll also reap the following benefits:
No Harmful Chemicals
Don’t worry about your garden’s health when choosing our organic mulch! There are zero harmful chemicals found in our offerings! Plus, it’s not only free of artificial chemicals and pesticides but also from mold, mildew and other fungus that can naturally grow on wood that’s too wet.
The kiln-dried process used on the logs we created our mulch from brings the moisture level below 20% and purifies the wood from all these unwanted materials.
Premium organic mulch, like what you get from Lumberjacks, is entirely organic and made from only natural, sustainably sourced wood. You don’t have to worry about your mulch containing leftover wood from construction or chemically treated materials, which can harm your plants.
Avoid Pest Infestations
The kiln-drying process eradicates bugs (or their eggs) hiding in the wood. Plus, since Lumberjacks uses local wood, you don’t risk introducing new invasive species into your area when you lay down mulch!
Add Nutrients Back into the Soil
Since organic mulch is natural, it decomposes over time. During decomposition, mulch feeds the soil essential nutrients to help your plant life thrive.
Low Maintenance Solution
Once layered over the ground, premium organic mulch requires little maintenance. As it decomposes, the mulch will provide nutrients back into the soil, so your plant life thrives. Plus, you won’t need to remove any mulch before laying new like you would with inorganic options. Instead, layer fresh mulch over the top and allow the oldest layers to continue breaking down.
All Your Black Mulch Questions: Answered
You might have questions before you implement some of the elegant black mulch ideas above. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most common our customers have.
How much black mulch do I need?
What if the black mulch aesthetic isn’t right for me?
We also provide red mulch, which offers a relaxing, downhome feel. Or you can choose from premium hardwood or bark mulches in natural brown shades.
Is the black coloring going to harm my soil or plants?
No. Current research shows that the dye used on mulch is entirely safe. However, that same research shows that purchasing from unreputable suppliers could lead to recycled or treated wood in your mulch, leading to serious complications for your lawn.
Is the black coloring dangerous to my pets or local wildlife?
No. The black dye itself isn’t dangerous to your pets or local wildlife. However, mulch and all other wood sources (including sticks from the ground) can cause digestive problems in animals. You should seek veterinary assistance if your pet eats any mulch, wood chips or tree bark to be on the safe side.
How long will the color stay vivid?
Black mulch generally retains its color for many months. However, the local climate and weather events can cause the color to fade quicker than average.
Does black mulch attract bugs?
Black mulch doesn’t attract bugs more than any other mulch. Remember that some bugs are good for your plants and soil! To avoid unwanted infestations (like termites), leave a barrier between mulch and your home, plant stems and tree trunks.
How thick should I lay my black mulch?
We recommend a layer of two to four inches for most landscaping endeavors.
What if I still have questions?
Ready to Beautify Your Outdoor Space with Black Mulch?
Black mulch is an elegant option that offers starkly contrasting aesthetic opportunities for your outdoor space. Choosing premium, organic black mulch allows you to reap even more benefits that will help your plants thrive!
At Lumberjacks, we’re proud to offer the organic hardwood black mulch our clients are looking for! Plus, our mulch comes with our unrivaled dedication to customer service that keeps people coming back year after year. Call us today to place your mulch order so you can start beautifying your landscape!