Spring is the time of year that people like to add fresh mulch to their flower beds. It makes the landscape pop and gives a nice fresh look. It also helps to prevent weeds from growing in the beds. But beware, mulch can also harbor hidden dangers!
Died mulch contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and heavy metals like arsenic and lead. These poisons are added to help slow the rate at which the mulch breaks down as well as to obtain its color. The most dangerous of all mulch colors is red.
Not only can these poisons be toxic to your plants living in the beds but also to members of your family. Both kids and dogs are especially at risk as dogs have a tendency to chew on and eat mulch and young children will put anything in their mouths.
However, by choosing wisely, you can still have a beautiful landscape that is safe for your family and the environment. Just make sure the mulch is natural in color and in its processing. You want to look for mulch that is as close to its natural form as possible. Our favorite mulch to use is called Eco Mulch. It is ecologically friendly for two reasons, it is made from the grindings of tree limbs that are harvested by utility crews and it is not died. It also has a rich dark brown color that our customers really like.