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Old 03-18-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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Just pointing out that the purpose of mulch is to help retain moisture and moderate soil temps. Black wouldn't be my color of choice for that although I'm not sure I've ever seen real data.
It sure does make colors pop, but I'd stick with flowers that like heat .

Frank
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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Here's a photo of my black mulch that is 2yrs old & will be redone in the upcoming weeks.
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Old 03-18-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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I just got a quote for $44/yd for "blower applied" mulch. While that seems expensive, I had it done 2 yrs ago, so it lasted 2 seasons. It is the black mulch too & it never faded. I used Eco Pro Mulch .
Actually that is cheap. I have not found someone under $50/yrd to spread it.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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Default Black gravel

You may want to call Wake Stone in Cary. Internet sites show they quarry Basalt in the Triangle area, Basalt is a very dark, nearly black stone. Some deposits of granite are black too and with all the stone quarries in the Triangle area someone may be quarrying black granite.

You don't really want gravel for a driveway as true gravel is too rounded. You want a crushed rock material which can be compacted for stability, surface drainage, and strength.
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