Adding mulch to your landscaping is an easy way to help lock in water (especially useful in the summer and in arid parts of the country) and add some beauty to your yard. But not all mulch is the same. Many colorful mulches that come in colors like black, red and green are actually dyed, and they are dyed to hide the fact that the wood used to make them comes from a variety of sources, like old decking, demolished buildings and even treated hardwood pallets. This means your mulch could be loaded with chemicals that you’re adding to your yard. The dye is added to hide the inconsistencies. Use natural, dye-free mulch whenever possible.
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