The straw mulch has a beautiful golden color that looks great in the garden. It's also a little slower to break down than leaves or grass clippings. As a general rule for flowers, choose a mulch color that doesn't go against the color of your flowers. For example, white flowers look beautiful with red mulch.
However, you can't go wrong with black and brown mulch because these colors make flowers stand out in your outdoor space. Gold mulch is a little hard to find, but it could be the next big thing. Gold looks great against painted or dark brick houses and highlights dark evergreen trees. Normal crushed mulch is less expensive (30% to 40% cheaper), but takes on a gray color after just one or two months in the sun.
Dyed mulches maintain their color throughout the summer and often until the following year, with minimal color loss. This provides better long-term value. Red mulch is an ideal solution if your home, plants and landscape have lighter colors, since there is better contrast. It's also a great option for those who have a rock garden.
If you want to give up mulch once and enjoy it for years, NuScape rubber mulch is a product you'll love. Fall is another good time to mulch your garden, especially if you're using organic mulch to improve soil quality. NuScape brown mulch looks the same as other wood-based mulches, but is heavier, more durable, and made from 100 percent recycled rubber. Inorganic mulch includes anything made from synthetic materials, such as rubber mulch or plastic weed cloth.
Bark mulch tends to break down more slowly because it's denser, so it's good for areas where you don't want to replace the mulch too often. If you want to use organic mulch and prefer a more natural aesthetic in your garden, the brown and pale gray tones of fresh wood mulch are a good choice. In addition to smaller organic covering materials, rock-based mulches also help reduce runoff in the lower parts of the turf. This will depend on where the mulch is placed, the color and layout of the surrounding landscape, and whether the mulch is in an area that receives foot traffic.
If you pick up a handful of mulch and it looks and feels more like dirt, it's time to replace the mulch.