Fiber grinding 101: A guide for mulch producers

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Grinding is perhaps the single most important aspect of any mulch production business. After all, if you're not grinding fiber, how are you going to make mulch? To help you build the most profitable operation possible, here's everything you need to know about grinding wood fiber for mulch.

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Topics: mulch coloring equipment, winterizing equipment, green waste, raw material, mulch size, fiber, grinding equipment

Calculating your labor and loader cost and why it matters

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Mulch producers know how important it is to keep an accurate set of books. Like any small to mid-sized business, you need to keep a close eye on your expenses to ensure profitability. But one line item that is overlooked too often is your labor and loader cost. Often considered a sunk cost, understanding what you pay toward labor and loader operations can help shed light on an opportunity to improve efficiency in your mulch yard. Let’s take a closer look at how to accurately calculate your labor and loader costs, and how identifying these costs could help improve financial results for your business.

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Topics: mulch colorant, mulch coloring equipment, colorant calibration, green waste

How to keep your fiber price in check

Posted by ChromaScape on Sep 14, 2020 9:07:51 AM

As a commodity product, it can feel like you have little control over the price of your fiber. The construction company, pallet company or brush clearing crew you get your fiber from sets a price and you pay it. There may be some negotiations based on quantity, but that can feel like the only wiggle room you have. Thankfully, there are other ways to think about fiber that can help you save money in the long run. Here are some tips to keep your fiber price in check and ultimately grow profits for your mulch production business.

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Topics: mulch colorant, green waste, fiber source, transportation costs

A mulch producer’s guide to green waste mulch

Posted by ChromaScape on Mar 24, 2020 5:28:24 PM

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.

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Topics: mulch colorant, green waste