The colorant product used on the mulch
above is formulated to be non-toxic to animals and plants. Check
with your mulch supplier for complete details when ordering dyed
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The colorants tend to "set" once the
mulch is spread-out and dry. Up until that point, colorants can
rub-off on hands, clothes and pavement (colorant washes off 'chipped'
hardwood mulches much more easily than shredded mulches). It's recommended
that you work with freshly dyed mulches on a dry day, when there is no rain
in the forecast.
Insects will favor a moist environment
that's close to your house whether the mulch is wood, stone, or
otherwise. Some recommendations call for insecticide applications
around the foundation of your home to ward off destructive insects.
Other recommendations call for no mulch (of any type) right next to
the foundation, for a distance of several feet. Most professional
pest applicators recommend using baits for ant problems, but always
read and follow label directions.
As with other wood-based mulches, you
should fertilize the plants in your shrub bed with a nitrogen
fertilizer before applying the mulch. This will counteract nitrogen
depletion in the soil which occurs when wood mulch breaks down.