How To: Pick Out Mulch

With 9+ different types of mulch available, picking one out can be overwhelming some times. This guide should help!

Things to keep in mind…

  • 2-4″ depth is your target
  • All mulch produced at 83 Landsape Supply Inc. is from virgin tree arborist recycled wood. We do not use pallets or construction debris. No “mulch spears”
  • Classic & aged mulch will have more fines, colored mulch will have less
  • Aged Mulch will not last as long
  • Our “classic line” is natural, no color added
  • Our “color line” contains top quality environmental friendly colorant that’s safe for people, pets, and plants
  • All un-colored mulch will fade to grey, doesn’t matter who you buy it from
  • All colored mulch will loose color intensity gradually as it breaks down, expect no fade to grey

Classic Mulch

Just classic ground mulch. No colorant added, just wood.

“1 year Mulch”

Triple Ground

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Triple Ground Aged / Eco-Shred Compost Mulch

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Ground Wood Chips

Southern Bark

  • Lightly aged
  • Great for general use
  • Medium brown
  • Color fades to grey
  • Mulch Lasts about 1 year
  • Color lasts a few months
  • Economical
  • Longer aged
  • Good for general use
  • Darker brown
  • Most fines
  • Get nutrients into soil the quickest
  • great for veggie gardens when thin
  • Color fades to grey
  • Mulch lasts about 1 year
  • Color lasts a few months
  • Economical
  • Not for general use
  • Nature pathways
  • Residential playgrounds (not ASTM certified)
  • Well established gardens w/ no little plants
  • Tree areas
  • lasts years!
  • Color fades quickly
  • Economical
  • 95%+ Bark
  • smells like a sweet, un-lit cigar
  • Lightly aged
  • Great for general use
  • Color Fades to grey
  • Mulch lasts about 12 months
  • Color lasts a few months
  • Pricey
  • The best classic mulch


Colored Mulch

Prevent that sun fade to grey, pick colored mulch! Over time color will become less intense as the inevitable breakdown happens. That’s good though, nutrients are getting into your soil.

Rain Warning – Do not apply this much 12-24 hours before precipitation is expected. Once dry, the color is “locked in”.

Our longest lasting mulch, both color and weed suppressing ability

“2 year mulch”

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Dark Brown Mulch

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Brown Mulch

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Black Mulch

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Red Mulch

  • Darker Brown
  • Medium Grind
  • Our Most Popular Mulch
  • Lighter Brown
  • Medium Grind
  • True Black
  • High contrast ratio vs plants
  • looks like soil from afar, but prevents weeds
  • Medium Grind
  • “Brick red”
  • Because this is not made from pallets or construction debris, it will not be eye popping bright
  • ideal for commercial properties/head turning
  • consistent particle size
  • Medium Grind