Everyone wants their landscaping to look amazing. But few people are willing to put in the work. From commercial properties looking to cut costs, to homeowners looking to spend more time in front of the TV, people everywhere want low-maintenance landscaping options. This creates a tremendous opportunity for mulch producers who are able to communicate to customers all the time and cost savings that come with using a quality mulch product. Here are just some of the ways you can do less with more mulch.
Why mulch producers should target golf courses
Golf courses present significant opportunities for mulch producers as colored mulch is fast becoming the preferred material for greenskeepers who want to improve aesthetic beauty while conserving water and saving money. To help grow your business, here are some ways to discuss mulch with golf course prospects and clients.
Turning a problem into an opportunity for growth
Woodscape of Utah started as a recycled pallet company and business was good. But they had a problem. The cost of bringing waste to the landfill wasn’t sustainable. They had to find a cost-saving alternative, and after attending several trade shows, they decided to give colored mulch a try. They purchased Amerimulch colorant and ColorTrom coloring equipment from ChromaScape, and it wasn’t long before the orders started rolling in.
Sourcing fiber is perhaps the single greatest variable in the mulch industry. Some producers routinely have trouble finding material, while others enjoy markets that are consistently flooded with cheap fiber. More and more these days, that cheap fiber comes in the form of green waste. While the influx of green waste has created opportunities in many cases, it has also brought disruption to the industry. That’s why mulch producers need to understand all of the issues surrounding green waste, including the true costs. Here are a few things every mulch producer should know about green waste mulch.
Hesitation gives way to sustained
success for colored mulch producer
When Shawn Nutter bought Apollo Wood Products in 2014, he didn’t see much of a need for colored mulch products. But success would quickly change his mind.
The colored mulch market had been relatively slow to mature in southern California and there were already several competitors producing colored mulch in the area. As a result, Nutter didn’t even take the wrapper off his new ColorTrom machine for the first few months.
Choosing colored mulch for your next project is a great way to add beauty to your landscape design while improving the health of your soil and plants. But you can’t just throw some mulch down and expect everything to be perfect. To get the best results, you need to take a little time to prepare your mulch beds properly. Here’s how to do it, plus some tips on how to take care of your mulch once it’s installed.
What is colored mulch?
Colored mulch is wood, often scrap wood or recycled wood product, that is dyed with iron oxide or carbon-based pigment to produce vibrant reds, browns, blacks or other unique colors. Colored mulch is safe, environmentally friendly and can provide a boost of color to any landscaping design.
When the colored mulch industry first started in the early 1990s, mulch producers were using both liquid and dry coloring systems to manufacture their products. At one point, dry colorant made up roughly 75% of the market. But that has largely changed, and for good reason. Dry colorant poses serious health and safety hazards, which is why ChromaScape stopped selling dry pigment products for mulch colorant altogether. While other colorant suppliers have moved away from dry pigment as well, there are still some out there who rely on selling dry pigment. Whether you’re currently using dry colorant or considering it, here’s a look at the risks and responsibilities associated with dry mulch colorant.