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Old 04-06-2013, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I want a natural look in my gardens and nothing is naturally black. Wood chips turn a beautiful color. Black anything close to the stems of your plants might attract too much heat and do more harm than good. I'd try to convince my wife to love natural mulch. All that dying sounds like a whole lot of trouble for little return.
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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I'm an intern for a product called Hippie Mulch Color that sounds like something you could use. It's a top coat you can spray on existing mulch and it comes in a variety of colors (including black). It's a water-based, non-toxic formula that's safe for people, pets, and the environment and it's actually pretty innexpensive. It lasts 1 year or longer, so it's not a permanent solution but you won't have to completely replace your mulch to get the color you want.

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Old 04-01-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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I bought a chipper shredder and want to make mulch for our yard, but my wife likes black mulch, so any idea how can I dye wood chip for black mulch?

Thanks your guys,

Don
I was in same boat recently. Got a boat load (Truck load really) of wood chips. I like natural tone of wood chips but wife liked some other color (black/brown). I wanted chips for compost+mulch purpose. All you need is the top layer of chips to look colored. Here is what I did to make it black. Starbucks ! Go to starbucks and ask for their coffee grounds. You would be surprised how much they give you. It's nitrogen too and helps decompose the chips. Works well for me. As I turn my chips, I add more grounds to keep the color. chips need lot of nitrogen to decompose. HTH.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:40 PM
 
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I bought a chipper shredder and want to make mulch for our yard, but my wife likes black mulch, so any idea how can I dye wood chip for black mulch?

Thanks your guys,

Don
You do realize that black mulch will superheat the soil - most likely killing anything you are trying to plant....
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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Default mulch dyeing

How long do you let the dye sit for.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:58 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have a chipper/shredder too, and use it frequently. Unless you bought a big commercial quality unit, the chips are too small to be used as mulch as is. When mixed with green (shredded leaves) they will break down in time and become a great soil amendment, but the fine (thin, 1/4") chips will interlock and prevent water from penetrating, absorb much of it, and when decaying rob nutrients from the soil. Use it in areas with no plants, or in planted areas, leave 6" around each plant without any chips. The chips from a tree service are much bigger and work much like bark.
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