Mulch dye. Ever heard of it? Well I sure hadn’t.
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Know what I have heard of? Back pain. And that’s exactly what I feel each spring when I have to buy, transport, dump, wheelbarrow, dump again, then spread hundreds and hundreds of pounds of mulch. It’s cumbersome, it’s dirty, it’s expensive and it’s back breaking labor.
So if there’s an easy button I can push…you better believe I’m going to try to find it and push that sucker.
I don’t recall how it was that I stumbled across this product by Rust-Oleum named “Renovator Mulch Color Refresh” but when I saw it, I knew that I wanted to try it. I reached out to Rustoleum and told them I wanted to check it out so I could share my experience with you…and if it worked, we could hit that easy button together.
This process really couldn’t be easier.
1.) Fill pump sprayer.
2.) Prep mulch beds.
For the best results, take a few minutes weed and to clear debris like leaves and twigs out of your mulch beds with a blower and/or rake. It’s also a good idea to kind of agitate the existing mulch a bit…level it out, cover any completely bare patches and knock down any high spots so that the mulch beds appear to have as even a covering of existing mulch as possible.
The Rustoleum Renovator mulch dye packaging also recommends covering any plants/sidewalks, etc to avoid unwanted dying of peripheral areas and materials.
Truth be told, as I was trying to be as lazy as possible for this little DIY project, I didn’t do much of any prep. I did weed, but I didn’t rake. I also didn’t cover any surrounding plants, sidewalks, etc. It just sounded too difficult at that point. And I was hungry…soooo I just left any sticks, twigs, leaves in the mulch beds.
And I just told myself I’d be as careful as possible not to spray anything that I didn’t want to turn black. What can I say? I like to live on the wild (and lazy) side. I know, not ideal…whatever.
3.) Spray on mulch dye!
With the prep out of the way (or avoided completely), it’s time to spray on the mulch dye! This is the fun, very rewarding, and insanely easy part.
In just minutes, my mulch beds looked completely rejuvenated! And it was very easy to control the spray with my pump sprayer, so I personally didn’t find it super difficult to avoid over-spraying despite my lack of “proper” prep work.
Now, if you look closely at a couple of the hostas in the shot above, you’ll see that I DID spray a couple of them a tiny bit. So if that is going to bother you, then go ahead and prep better than I did ?.
Below is another bed BEFORE applying the mulch dye…
And here’s how it looked after spending about 3 minutes applying the mulch dye with my pump sprayer:
BOTTOM LINE? ThisRust-Oleum mulch dye product is LEGIT. I’m totally sold.
Not only did I save myself HOURS of blood, sweat and mulch turmoil, but I didn’t have to lug hundreds of pounds of mulch all over our property. Cost-wise, there are certainly some savings here… a one gallon jug of the mulch dye will run you somewhere in the $25-30 zone, and covers about 350 sq ft per the label on the product.
But to me, the real savings was in the currency of time and energy.
Overall, this mulch dye/mulch paint product is DEFINITELY a winner ? ? especially in the following conditions/situations:
- your mulch beds have enough mulch in them already, the color has just faded and looks old and worn out
- if you take the time to properly prep (i.e. do everything that I did NOT do…rake, etc) the end result would look EVEN BETTER than my results
- if you’re not as young as you once were and hauling and laying bag upon bag, or wheelbarrow upon wheelbarrow of mulch is either physically impossible or too difficult
- you’re prepping to sell your home and need a quick and easy curb appeal boost
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