What is Hippie Mulch spray-on mulch colorant?
Like many great products, Hippie Mulch spray-on mulch colorant actually started with a customer complaint. A local mulch customer was developing a business to rejuvenate faded mulch on-site, and was evaluating mulch colorants. They had tried two national competitive products along with ours, and were dissatisfied with the quality of the coverage and adhesion of all three. It was determined that faded colored mulch that is exposed to the elements for one or more years, accumulates impurities like dust, pollen, etc. – making it much more difficult for a coating to properly adhere.
We started from scratch and developed a colorant that would cut through the barrier of impurities, attach to the base wood fibers, and adhere for a rich, long-lasting color. This development process led to the introduction of Hippie Mulch spray-on mulch colorant, which is specifically designed for the on-site spray application, and is better (we believe) than others currently on the market. We are proud to now make Hippie Mulch spray-on color available to both residential and commercial customers. Enjoy your Hippie Mulch, and let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.
Why the name Hippie Mulch?
We wanted a name that would help describe an environmentally friendly mulch colorant that actually helps to save trees. By touching up the color on your mulch once it has faded, you postpone the addition of new mulch. New mulch involves cutting down trees, and burning diesel fuel during the grinding and transportation process. We felt that a hippie would probably choose to save a few trees, and avoid the additional exhaust from the diesel fuel.
Three Step Mulch:
That’s the average number of steps it takes to walk to your mail box at home to retrieve your package of Hippie Mulch! Order on-line, or by phone, and your Hippie Mulch color arrives right to your pad. No trip to the box store, no bags of mulch to buy, lift, or spread this year. Imagine it… It’s easy if you try.
“I really dig this time management stuff. Man, with the three hours I saved using Hippie Mulch, I was able to lie around and do nothing.”
Think about it. The mulch in your yard has faded in color, but you still have enough mulch to keep in the moisture and keep out the weeds. You could spend your Saturday afternoon going over to a garden center or big box store, loading up the van with bags and bags of colored mulch, come home, unload the bags and bags of colored mulch, rip open each bag, pour out the mulch in small piles, spread it out evenly, and continue until you have put down 1.5 – 2 inches of mulch throughout your mulching area (Man, I’m getting tired just thinking about it).
Another option is to pay someone else a lot of scratch to do all this work for you, and although it gives you more free time, you end up with a lot less money… And now you can’t go to the Stone’s concert. Bummer. The #1 way to fix faded mulch is…Hippie Mulch. Your 12 ounce jar of Hippie Mulch spray-on color arrives right to your doorstep via UPS.
You mix 6 ounces of color (half jar) with two gallons of water in a garden sprayer, color your faded mulch, and you’re done. Ok, you still need to clean out your sprayer with water which takes about ten minutes, and then you’re done. Time wise, fixing your faded mulch with Hippie Mulch spray-on color usually takes about one third the time it takes to put down and spread new mulch. This may vary a bit depending on the layout, but if you include your trip to the store and back, it probably saves even more time.
Are you starting to feel the vibe…catch our drift…about the time you can save using Hippie Mulch? Give it a whirl. If we’re right, you’ll probably say “Gimmie some skin”. Ok, maybe not. You will, however, have to decide what to do with the extra time you just saved. We can’t help you in that department.
If using wood mulch in your garden is considered recycling, then think of Hippie Mulch spray-on color for faded mulch as “Cosmic Recycling”… The tree’s still standing, man.
One jar of Hippie Mulch spray-on color can save up to 8 trees. How…? Let me lay it on you:
- About two full grown trees are needed to produce one cubic yard of mulch.
- If you add two inches of new mulch, and cover 1,000 square feet, you would need to add a little over 6 cubic yards of mulch, or 12 trees worth of mulch.
- One twelve ounce jar of Hippie Mulch spray-on color refreshes up to 1,000 square feet of mulch. Since you are putting off adding new mulch by refreshing the color instead, you have in fact saved 12 trees from being used as new mulch in your yard (blow your mind yet?).
- Since some folks may have more shrubs, trees, rocks, or buildings to spray around than others (requiring the use of a little more color) we chose to use 8 trees saved as a more conservative estimate. The point is that whether you save 4, 8, or 12 trees by using one jar of Hippie Mulch spray-on color, the number is still really green.
- As more and more of you become Hippies (at heart), you put off adding new mulch, and refresh what you have with Hippie Mulch spray-on color. As you do, the trees you save will allow all of us to breath just a little easier.
A rad concept…Save Green While Being Green! All hippies rich and poor love to save bread ($$$). If your mulch color has faded, you have three options:
- You can add a couple of inches of new mulch.
- You can touch up the color of your existing mulch with Hippie Mulch spray-on color.
- You can do nothing. Doing nothing is definitely the cheapest, but may be a drag if your better half isn’t cool with your lazy ways.
So let’s compare adding two inches of new mulch versus Hippie Mulch spray-on color:
How to Spray Hippie Mulch – Instructions
Preparation: Pull weeds and remove any undesirable debris from mulch area. Then rake mulch if necessary and spread to create even coverage. Do not spray color on mulch that is wet, or if rain is in the immediate forecast. Do not spray when conditions are windy…your neighbor may not dig the funky paint job on his ride.
Getting Started: One 12 ounce jar of Hippie Mulch spray-on color contains enough colorant for two applications of 250-500 sq. ft. To get started, simply follow these guidelines:
1) Shake jar for at least one minute, or until contents are uniform. Fill a standard multipurpose sprayer with two gallons of water. Add six (6) ounces of Hippie Mulch spray-on color (remember each jar contains 12 oz., so use half of the jar with two gallons of water).
2) Cap sprayer tightly, and shake for thirty seconds. This will allow the color to be evenly distributed throughout the water for consistent coverage.
3) Spray mulch, keeping the wand three (3) to six (6) inches over the surface and moving spraying arm side to side until each area is sufficiently colored. Shake the sprayer periodically during application to assure an even distribution of color.
Helpful Hints: Like all colorants, Hippie Mulch spray-on color can stain clothing, so you might want to wear some older rags just in case. To avoid overspray on buildings, plants and sidewalks, use a large piece of cardboard or similar material to shield and protect items you do not want to color.
Another nifty measure is to pre-wet rocks, sidewalks, plants, etc. with water. Then if overspray occurs, carefully rinse off with water before it has had a chance to dry. Do not spray the freshly colored mulch directly with water as it can lose its color. For stubborn stains that were not rinsed off immediately and have set, soap, water, and a brush may be needed.
Clean-Up: When you are finished spraying your mulch, always clean out your multipurpose sprayer outdoors in the grass or in a mulch bed. Do not store unused color and water in the sprayer, as it can clog tips and hoses.
Safe And Sound: Once Hippie Mulch spray-on color is applied and dried, it is completely safe for people, pets and plants. No worries.
Shelf Life: Hippie Mulch spray-on color has a shelf life of nine months in the jar or bottle. Do not allow color to freeze.
Hippie Mulch spray-on colorants are safe, and that’s no jive! We turned to some establishment environmental guru types to do some serious testing, and test they did. Legend Technical Services, Inc., an independent technical laboratory specializing in environmental testing, put our mulch colorants through the ringer, and they passed with flying colors. The report states that “The mulch pigment used according to manufacturer’s instructions, is safe and does not present a respiratory, contact, or ingestion hazard to the user or persons coming in contact with the mulch after it is colored.” And “After the mulch is colored, the coloring pigments do not pose a hazard to the environment.”
Translated into lingo that my landscaping brothers and sisters might dig: WE’RE COOL! For you geeks who want to dig into the gory details, or for those of you having trouble sleeping, we have attached the original report. We at Hippie Mulch want you to know that our mulch colorants are indeed safe for kids, pets, and the environment. We had to spend a little bread for the testing, but at Hippie Mulch, not only do we walk the walk and talk the talk, but we color the color and spray the spray too! PEACE.
Legend Technical Services Safety Review: