Going green the old fashioned way.

Suppliers of high quality landscape materials.
We stock and deliver bark mulches, dyed mulches, compost, mushroom manure, topsoil, limestone and river aggregates, Versa Lok and Keystone retaining wall systems, Omni-stone paving systems and much more.

Mulches

Shredded Bark

Not all mulches are created equal. Mulch is a generic term referring to all kinds of materials including hardwood and softwood bark, wood, leaf and even rubber mulches. The most popular mulch is hardwood bark. Hardwood bark typically comes from timbering mills processing mostly cherry and oak wood. 

We stock and deliver Premium Dark, Premium Tan, and Standard Shredded Bark.

Note! As is true with all mulches care needs to be taken in spreading bark especially around your more sensitive plants. Click here for more information.

Dyed Wood Mulches

We also carry red, brown, and black dyed mulches. Typically, dyed mulch is a mostly ground and screened wood which may include some bark material that is dyed with a safe colorant. 

Dyed wood mulches are becoming more popular even though it is a bit more expensive. Because this mulch is dyed, it holds its color year round and maybe for years based on exposure. And, because of its mostly wood content, it does not break down as quickly as shredded bark.

Many times, we are asked if the colorant might run during a rain or watering. It is possible based on the 'freshness' of the material. Our experience has been that once spread, the mulch colorant will 'set in' after a short time period of dry weather.
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Dyed mulch is produced through a process of woody material being submerged and mixed with a natural dye solution of water and pigment. It is then conveyed to a conical pile where the mulch stays 'wet' and the dye continues to be absorbed into the wood fiber. Actual 'curing' takes place as the mulch is spread at application and a drying period of 24 hours is realized for the dye to adhere to the wood fiber (much like paint drying on a house). This 'curing' time is critical - and must occur for the wood fiber to maintain its rich color. If rain or irrigation occurs during this 'curing' period, the color may fade or wash. cannot bear responsibility for application and outcomes beyond supplier's control.

Woodcarpet (Playground Mulch)

This mulch is specifically designed for playgrounds and play areas such as under swing sets. It is a screened woodchip that is cleaned and dried before shipping to our yard. It lasts longer than bark mulch, is cleaner than bark mulch and has shock absorbing qualities.

Mulch Burning

Though this condition is extremely rare, it does warrant recognition. Any natural mulch may develop a condition that can cause burning of plants or grasses. It has been our experience that this condition may occur more likely during hot summer days. Due to a natural chemical imbalance of aging bark, research tells us that tanic acid can develop.

This condition is at best, difficult to predict. Within the same pile of mulch, this condition can occur and disappear within a week. There may be years that we will not have a single report of this condition, and the years we have reports, there may be three or four cases out of the hundreds of deliveries or 'pick ups' of mulch we do that year.

Though mulch tends to always have varying distinct smells, if a tanic acid condition exists it may be recognizable by a very sour odor. Though mulch fresh from the pile tends to be warm to the touch, a second indication of a tanic acid problem may be that the mulch is very warm or hot to the touch. If you believe this condition exists, it is recommended to let the mulch sit for 2-4 days to reduce the risk.

If this condition is recognized while spreading the mulch, consider these steps:
1, Keep mulch several inches from grass, annuals, and sensitive perrenials. Several days later, return and taper mulch closer to the plants.
2, Try to keep heavy mulch away from the stem of the plant. (always recommended any time you mulch)
3, Do NOT immediately water the mulch around the plants! This actually intensifies the burning. We believe that watering acts as a delivery agent of the tanic acid from the mulch to the plant. (One may believe that the mulch burning is relative to the heat from the mulch and that watering will cool it down.) Usually within 24 hours of spreading the mulch, the condition will subside and the plants can then be watered.

If burning occurs, we have found that burned grass typically recovers, burned annuals may die, and usually the lowest hanging burned leaves on perrenial plants will die but the plant itself will not.

2631 FELICITY AVE.
ALLISON PARK PA 15101

412-486-6967

3805 OHIO RIVER BLVD
BADEN PA 15005

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