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Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 02:26 PM
I'm getting ready to order landscaping stuff and I will be ordering a couple of yards of mulch. The question is, what color? My house has that American cottage garden thing going on. The house itself is river rock and pale peach stucco with a lot of summer shade. My personal version of the classic cottage garden has more space between plants than the magazine version so the mulch will show.

Here are my options:

http://i44.tinypic.com/3tovs.jpg

The "in-person" color is deeper than the pic shows.

Megaguns91
03-16-2010, 02:30 PM
Gold mulch seems to have a pleasant warming affect to it :)

ralph wiggum
03-16-2010, 02:32 PM
When it comes to mulch, I always try and get the darkest or reddest possible.

FlaGator
03-16-2010, 02:40 PM
I use the red mulch. It just looks good to me.

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 02:57 PM
I guess eventually the red kind sort of becomes gold. I do use red cedar around the greenhouse and it seems to decay attractively.

I'm torn here because my natural impulse is to go with red so that things will "pop" in all that dappled shade but the BFF claims that dark brown and black mulches are the new big thing. I also like the gold, though. :confused:

Megaguns91
03-16-2010, 03:07 PM
I guess eventually the red kind sort of becomes gold. I do use red cedar around the greenhouse and it seems to decay attractively.

I'm torn here because my natural impulse is to go with red so that things will "pop" in all that dappled shade but the BFF claims that dark brown and black mulches are the new big thing. I also like the gold, though. :confused:

Mix it all together :) ta-da!

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 03:19 PM
Mix it all together :) ta-da!

Interesting. Probably a little too interesting. :p

BadCat
03-16-2010, 03:26 PM
Red, dear.

megimoo
03-16-2010, 03:33 PM
I guess eventually the red kind sort of becomes gold. I do use red cedar around the greenhouse and it seems to decay attractively.

I'm torn here because my natural impulse is to go with red so that things will "pop" in all that dappled shade but the BFF claims that dark brown and black mulches are the new big thing. I also like the gold, though. :confused:
Designers mulch ?Whats next dying the leaves on the trees to match the color of your hair ?Why not some old fashioned cow crap and make everything grow like heck ?

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 03:41 PM
Red, dear.

You're probably right. :)

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 04:00 PM
Red looks phony and not natural. Any person that is a landscape architect will tell you the same thing. The purpose of landscaping is to make your plants be the center of attention; not the frigging mulch. I hate that red shit. The gold/brown color looks better. My front yard is not very big so I bought 12 bags of that recycled rubber mulch that is a brownish color. Much more expensive but it looks good and you do not have as big of a weed problem.

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 04:29 PM
Red looks phony and not natural. Any person that is a landscape architect will tell you the same thing. The purpose of landscaping is to make your plants be the center of attention; not the frigging mulch. I hate that red shit. The gold/brown color looks better. My front yard is not very big so I bought 12 bags of that recycled rubber mulch that is a brownish color. Much more expensive but it looks good and you do not have as big of a weed problem.

LOL! I work like a dog from April through Halloween so that my yard doesn't look "natural". Natural landscaping is for hippies and old people. And deer. :D

Megaguns91
03-16-2010, 04:34 PM
LOL! I work like a dog from April through Halloween so that my yard doesn't look "natural". Natural landscaping is for hippies and old people. And deer. :D

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2671/3834396037_fb800e9fc9.jpg

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 04:54 PM
LOL! I work like a dog from April through Halloween so that my yard doesn't look "natural". Natural landscaping is for hippies and old people. And deer. :D

Like I told this guy once. It's my fucking money and I will buy what I like.:D Go for the red; it still looks niggardly.

FlaGator
03-16-2010, 05:08 PM
I haven't seen the mulch enthusiasm for a thread in a long time.

Constitutionally Speaking
03-16-2010, 05:17 PM
The redder the better.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 06:01 PM
The redder the better.

Goes well with the Pink Flamingos for a tooty fruity color combo. Add a few white ducks and you will have visitors for miles around coming to see this abortion.

Megaguns91
03-16-2010, 06:14 PM
Goes well with the Pink Flamingos for a tooty fruity color combo. Add a few white ducks and you will have visitors for miles around coming to see this abortion.

Don't forget the garden gnomes.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 06:21 PM
Don't forget the garden gnomes.

I forgot to mention, AstroTurf the yard for the ultimate un-natural look.

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 06:45 PM
The mulch I use is dark brown.

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 07:47 PM
Goes well with the Pink Flamingos for a tooty fruity color combo. Add a few white ducks and you will have visitors for miles around coming to see this abortion.

I have Skeleton Flamingos for Halloween. Seriously. :D

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 07:48 PM
They sell those, or did you make your own?

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 07:57 PM
They sell those, or did you make your own?

They sell 'em:

http://i39.tinypic.com/2m6n7nd.jpg

Do a search for 'skeleton flamingos' or check out your more upscale garden centers. ;)

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 08:10 PM
Ha! That's wild.

fettpett
03-16-2010, 09:08 PM
I forgot to mention, AstroTurf the yard for the ultimate un-natural look.

Brady Bunch Look FTW

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 09:11 PM
I guess eventually the red kind sort of becomes gold. I do use red cedar around the greenhouse and it seems to decay attractively.

I'm torn here because my natural impulse is to go with red so that things will "pop" in all that dappled shade but the BFF claims that dark brown and black mulches are the new big thing. I also like the gold, though. :confused:

I like the black myself . . . Of course - you could go retro and do marble chips ;)

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 09:13 PM
Goes well with the Pink Flamingos for a tooty fruity color combo. Add a few white ducks and you will have visitors for miles around coming to see this abortion.

not duck - geese. And you put clothes on them. :rolleyes:

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 09:22 PM
I like the black myself . . . Of course - you could go retro and do marble chips ;)

That's not on the 'retro-radar' out here. Pine needles are the classic retro Colorado look. I hate 'em. I have enough firs and pines on my property and I scrape that stuff up all the time. It looks a lot better in old Disney movies than it does in real life. ;)

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 09:25 PM
That's not on the 'retro-radar' out here. Pine needles are the classic retro Colorado look. I hate 'em. I have enough firs and pines on my property and I scrape that stuff up all the time. It looks a lot better in old Disney movies than it does in real life. ;)

But white marble chips add such an ambiance to a yard . . . .

patriot45
03-16-2010, 09:28 PM
What the heck is mulch!?! And why do you want it?!!!

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 09:30 PM
What the heck is mulch!?! And why do you want it?!!!

You will be mulch one day, Dorcus Porcus.

patriot45
03-16-2010, 09:36 PM
You will be mulch one day, Dorcus Porcus.

Yuckkk, I will be you one day!?! Shittus Faceus.

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 09:38 PM
Yuckkk, I will be you one day!?! Shittus Faceus.

Indeed, I am my own mulch.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 09:46 PM
I have Skeleton Flamingos for Halloween. Seriously. :D

Seriously, I would buy one bag, put it around a tree. Look at it for a week or two to see if you are going to like it. Like I said, I think it looks hideous and garish. Or, you might want to google "what do you think of red mulch". Not too complimentary cause the mulch will overpower the plants and trees in your yard. Mulch should not be attention getter of your landscape.

patriot45
03-16-2010, 09:51 PM
Seriously, I would buy one bag, put it around a tree. Look at it for a week or two to see if you are going to like it. Like I said, I think it looks hideous and garish. Or, you might want to google "what do you think of red mulch". Not too complimentary cause the mulch will overpower the plants and trees in your yard. Mulch should not be attention getter of your landscape.

I just googled mulch! Its a bug attractent! Go for it!




Mulch made with wood can contain or feed termites, so care must be taken about not placing mulch too close to houses or building that can be damaged by those insects. Some mulch manufacturers recommend putting mulch several inches away from buildings.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 09:52 PM
But white marble chips add such an ambiance to a yard . . . .

I use marble 6" stones for a curved border and recycled brownish rubber as mulch.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 09:54 PM
I just googled mulch! Its a bug attractent! Go for it!

You are correct and ants love it also. That's why I went with rubber.

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 09:57 PM
Seriously, I would buy one bag, put it around a tree. Look at it for a week or two to see if you are going to like it. Like I said, I think it looks hideous and garish. Or, you might want to google "what do you think of red mulch". Not too complimentary cause the mulch will overpower the plants and trees in your yard. Mulch should not be attention getter of your landscape.

I have it in back and it's fine.

See my tribute to you in the "Epitaph" thread. :D

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 09:59 PM
You do realize that we are all exposed as the mulchists we are, right?

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 10:01 PM
Seriously, I would buy one bag, put it around a tree. Look at it for a week or two to see if you are going to like it. Like I said, I think it looks hideous and garish. Or, you might want to google "what do you think of red mulch". Not too complimentary cause the mulch will overpower the plants and trees in your yard. Mulch should not be attention getter of your landscape.

which is why the dark mulches are that much nicer - they make the flowers pop more IMO. Especially white.

Kay
03-16-2010, 10:03 PM
Red looks phony and not natural.

I agree. I don't like the red for the same reason, it looks fake.
I would pick the gold of the choices you posted. But for my own
yard, I'd have it all natural or concreted. I like the patio home
style yard, with lots of patios, waterfalls/ponds, and then a few
cut outs for trees here and there and small flowerbeds. My style
is more the Santa Fe / Southwest style. Desert plants that don't
require much attention.

SaintLouieWoman
03-16-2010, 10:16 PM
I agree. I don't like the red for the same reason, it looks fake.
I would pick the gold of the choices you posted. But for my own
yard, I'd have it all natural or concreted. I like the patio home
style yard, with lots of patios, waterfalls/ponds, and then a few
cut outs for trees here and there and small flowerbeds. My style
is more the Santa Fe / Southwest style. Desert plants that don't
require much attention.

I usually don't care much about mulch, but last year I bought some of the dark brown/silvery mulch. I about had a fit when the woman next door put a bunch of red mulch along the side of my house, toward the back. She thinks it's her property, which it isn't. I do no gardening there, as can't see it at all from the house.

But I did notice where I had gone back 1/3 from the front of my house and then suddenly, there was this garish red stuff. :mad:

She's the garden maven of the neighborhood. I guess she doesn't approve that my gardening is all confined to the back of our house.

BTW, the red stuff is the least expensive in this area. I guess it varies in different parts of the country.

I vote for the brownish or golden colors.

patriot45
03-16-2010, 10:20 PM
I usually don't care much about mulch, but last year I bought some of the dark brown/silvery mulch. I about had a fit when the woman next door put a bunch of red mulch along the side of my house, toward the back. She thinks it's her property, which it isn't. I do no gardening there, as can't see it at all from the house.

But I did notice where I had gone back 1/3 from the front of my house and then suddenly, there was this garish red stuff. :mad:

She's the garden maven of the neighborhood. I guess she doesn't approve that my gardening is all confined to the back of our house.

BTW, the red stuff is the least expensive in this area. I guess it varies in different parts of the country.

I vote for the brownish or golden colors.

She sounds like a bitch! Would you like me to send you some fire ants that you can put in her garden!?!:D

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 10:21 PM
http://www.yorkshiregardencenter.com/blog/uploaded_images/mulching-794901.JPG
Black.

http://z.about.com/d/landscaping/1/0/v/H/golden_spirea_red_mulch.jpg
Red.

The choice is clear.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 10:23 PM
I agree. I don't like the red for the same reason, it looks fake.
I would pick the gold of the choices you posted. But for my own
yard, I'd have it all natural or concreted. I like the patio home
style yard, with lots of patios, waterfalls/ponds, and then a few
cut outs for trees here and there and small flowerbeds. My style
is more the Santa Fe / Southwest style. Desert plants that don't
require much attention.

I like that type of style also with a few rocks.

In a formal landscaping you have symmetrical balance where both sides of the house or walkway have identical plants of the same species, same height, same shape, form and groupings; that just turn me off. Too aristocratic and snobbish for me plus if one of the plants dies, your landscape design looks like crap until you can replace it. Replacing a tall evergreen may be difficult to find one that identically matches the other one.

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 10:24 PM
Once you go black you never go back. I'm just sayin',

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 10:25 PM
LOL! I sparked a few nerves! :D

Kay
03-16-2010, 10:27 PM
Ooohhh I gotta change my vote to the black. That looks pretty sharp in that photo.
But after reading about it attracting bugs, I'd have to go with lacarnut's rubber stuff.

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 10:28 PM
Black is what I use.

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 10:28 PM
http://www.yorkshiregardencenter.com/blog/uploaded_images/mulching-794901.JPG
Black.

http://z.about.com/d/landscaping/1/0/v/H/golden_spirea_red_mulch.jpg
Red.

The choice is clear.

The brown looks much better because it does not dominate the flowers, shrubs and tree. The red just overpowers everything and looks cheap.

Gingersnap
03-16-2010, 10:29 PM
Ooohhh I gotta change my vote to the black. That looks pretty sharp in that photo.
But after reading about it attracting bugs, I'd have to go with lacarnut's rubber stuff.

Read a bit more about the recycled "rubber". Regardless of looks, you want to make sure temps in your area don't produce unwanted side-effects. ;)

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 10:31 PM
The brown looks much better because it does not dominate the flowers, shrubs and tree. The red just overpowers everything and looks cheap.

Black, Lacarnut. Get your mulch correctness down.

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 10:34 PM
Read a bit more about the recycled "rubber". Regardless of looks, you want to make sure temps in your area don't produce unwanted side-effects. ;)

Recycled rubber? My black mulch is plastic-free mulch. Where do you get your mulch, a landfill?

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 10:34 PM
LOL! I sparked a few nerves! :D

I took a number of landscape courses in college. My downfall was I could not draw a lick.

No nerves but I am passionate about that ugly red crap. Plus, you have to live with it:D

patriot45
03-16-2010, 10:36 PM
I took a number of landscape courses in college. My downfall was I could not draw a lick.

No nerves but I am passionate about that ugly red crap. Plus, you have to live with it:D

I want to concrete my yard and paint it green, I hate nature!

Articulate_Ape
03-16-2010, 10:37 PM
I want to concrete my yard and paint it green, I hate nature!

Do it and post YouTube. That would be awesome.

PoliCon
03-16-2010, 10:37 PM
I want to concrete my yard and paint it green, I hate nature!

The guy who mows the laws for the church did that to his own yard . . . except he didn't paint it green . . .

lacarnut
03-16-2010, 10:38 PM
Black, Lacarnut. Get your mulch correctness down.

I got it down. It is closer to a brown color than black. Google " rubber stuff mulch"

patriot45
03-16-2010, 10:40 PM
The guy who mows the laws for the church did that to his own yard . . . except he didn't paint it green . . .

It would be easier to pick up the dog bombs! :eek:

You do not apreciate how to hate nature until you live in Florida! You do not encourage things to grow! Nothing good will come of it!

lacarnut
03-17-2010, 12:20 AM
It would be easier to pick up the dog bombs! :eek:

You do not apreciate how to hate nature until you live in Florida! You do not encourage things to grow! Nothing good will come of it!

South FL has very pretty well landscaped yards with Palms and fruit trees. :)

Rockntractor
03-17-2010, 12:29 AM
The guy who mows the laws for the church did that to his own yard . . . except he didn't paint it green . . .

You probably prefer finer mulch so you don't have to climb over the pieces.

PoliCon
03-17-2010, 05:25 AM
You probably prefer finer mulch so you don't have to climb over the pieces.

http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x52/phandnot/MiniMeSteelers.jpg

SarasotaRepub
03-17-2010, 05:55 AM
I'd get the purple looking stuff. Very Regal. ;):D

SaintLouieWoman
03-17-2010, 07:31 AM
LOL! I sparked a few nerves! :D
Who would believe 7 pages on mulch! :eek::D

Megaguns91
03-17-2010, 10:33 AM
They use the red stuff here in the flower beds out front of our local walmart (there's a little walkway to the front doors lined with trees, flowers, benches and RED mulch. Mmmm. walmart).

lacarnut
03-17-2010, 10:58 AM
They use the red stuff here in the flower beds out front of our local walmart (there's a little walkway to the front doors lined with trees, flowers, benches and RED mulch. Mmmm. walmart).

Red mulch is used around the trees at the Sprockesville Walleymart I go to.

linda22003
03-17-2010, 11:16 AM
You're buying mulch? You don't whittle your own? :D

ralph wiggum
03-17-2010, 11:27 AM
You're buying mulch? You don't whittle your own? :D

ROFL!!! :D

Gingersnap
03-17-2010, 11:31 AM
You're buying mulch? You don't whittle your own? :D

Usually, I make the beavers do it but I've got them working on another water feature this Spring. :p

linda22003
03-17-2010, 11:38 AM
Usually, I make the beavers do it but I've got them working on another water feature this Spring. :p

Your life, as I picture it:

http://blogs.ubc.ca/jayne/files/2008/09/snow_white_disney2.jpg

Gingersnap
03-17-2010, 11:47 AM
Your life, as I picture it:

http://blogs.ubc.ca/jayne/files/2008/09/snow_white_disney2.jpg

Yeah, it pretty much looks that way to me too if I've been drinking a lot. :p

RobJohnson
03-19-2010, 05:27 AM
Your life, as I picture it:

http://blogs.ubc.ca/jayne/files/2008/09/snow_white_disney2.jpg

Up to this point I always pictured Ginger as a porn star.

You just ruined it for me.

PoliCon
03-19-2010, 05:35 AM
Up to this point I always pictured Ginger as a porn star.

You just ruined it for me.

http://9gag.com/photo/3159_540.jpg

better?

RobJohnson
03-19-2010, 11:45 PM
better?


Much. :p

RobJohnson
03-19-2010, 11:46 PM
When it comes to red mulch, I like the darker reds...