Choosing the Right Mulch Color for Landscaping: 3 Things to Consider

Modern mulch is extremely sophisticated, and every landscaper seems to have their own preference for which type they like best. This necessary tool for landscape design is simultaneously beautiful and functional, adding a sleek look to a yard while protecting plants from heat and moisture loss.

Whatever your preferred mulch type, you know your customers want something in their yards that fits with their home’s aesthetic. There are a wide variety of mulch colors available on the market, and mulch colorant suppliers can add nearly any color to wood, rubber, and aggregate.

With all the color options available, how do you help your clients pick the one that fits? Make sure that you and the client consider these three factors as you choose the colored mulch:

  • The style of the home
  • The type of plants in the yard
  • The client’s personal taste

By letting these three factors influence your-and your client’s-decision, you will be sure to make a good choice.

The Style of The Home
Architecture, color, decoration style, yard and size all impact the style of a home. The owner of a stately, brick, ivy-covered mansion will likely choose a mulch color that is subdued and neutral, in order not to detract from the home’s existing beauty.

Similarly, the owner of an eclectic cottage with fun yard ornaments and a brightly colored door may want to complete the picture with a bright mulch color.

Sleek modern homes, western log cabins, gothic cathedral style houses, each of these styles can be accentuated or played down by the right landscaping choices. Always be sure to determine your client’s goal, and make recommendations based on that.

The Type of Plants in The Yard
The vegetation in the yard can influence the color of mulch that you and your clients pick. For example, a lot of warm-colored flowers-reds, pinks, oranges-will be overrun with vibrant red mulch. A yard with a lot of deep green shrubs and trees, such as ferns and pine, will look lovely with a bright blue mulch, bringing out all the blue tones in those plants.

The color of mulch, to some degree, impacts how effective it is for the different plants. For example, extremely dark or black mulch will absorb heat, which can absorb water more quickly. In a yard with plants that need less water, dark mulch can be a great fit. Plants that are particularly thirsty or heat sensitive, however, will benefit from a lighter colored mulch.

The Client’s Personal Taste
Ultimately, the client’s taste is what will be the deciding factor. If a particularly whimsical client wants to mulch his yard with blue rubber far be it from anyone to stop him, even if he lives in the White House.

Whatever the client’s home and yard are like, his or her personal taste is going to win out over everything else. Your clients want to express themselves with the appearance of their homes and yards, so always trust their judgments.

The great thing about mulch is that it can be temporary! Depending on the material, mulch can last as little as one season or as long as several years. So don’t worry too much about picking exactly the right color, just worry about having happy clients!

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