Beware of Cheap Mulch: 4 Things To Know Before Your Next Mulch Purchase

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How Box Stores Are Cutting Corners At Your Expense –

Many discounters promote mulch at what appears to be bargain prices. While these offers look great and may be hard to resist, there are several things you should know before purchasing.

  1.  Loose Labeling Laws: 

    Regulations regarding how mulch is labelled for content are very weak. Many suppliers and retailers take advantage of this to “fool customers” into believing that everything inside the bag is actually what it says on the outside. For Example: A bag claiming to be “Cypress Mulch” may actually only have a small amount of actual Cypress wood in the bag, with the rest of the bag containing a combination of much less desirable woods. The bag only needs to have some product in it to be sold as Cypress mulch. These cheaper woods will break down quickly in the landscape, providing no real value at that point.

  1.  “Hardwood” Mulch Claims:  

    Many of these products will claim to be made from “Hardwoods”. In reality, most discount mulch products contain a majority of softer woods.

  1. Less Actual Color in the Bag:   

    Another way suppliers and unwitting discount stores cut costs is by offering colored product with less wood colorant in the bag. Many products have as much as 25% less colorant in the bag compared to the better quality alternatives. Customers using this mulch will notice their color not lasting as long and needing to replace it more frequently. While it may still be brown or red, it will not be near as vibrant after a few months or even weeks.

  1. Watch the Size:  

    Like so many other items, the size of mulch bags being offered has started to get smaller recently. Most of the time the change is not noticeable at first, but when it comes time to use it, it will not go near as far. Be sure to check bag sizes before purchasing – we’re also starting to see this on bags of Topsoil now as well.

For the best value, we recommend Earl May Premium Colored Mulch. Why?…because we guarantee the product that goes into these bags!

Premium Hadwood Mulch

Why Earl May Premium Colored Mulch?:

  • 20% more colorant
  • True to labeling claims
  • Locally produced to our high standard
  • Guaranteed to perform



  1. Claire Smith November 7, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Eva!

    Sorry for the late reply. We’ve been working on revamping our website and social media lately and are catching up on all of the comments from our posts. The link to the Earl May online shop is: https://shop.earlmay.com

    You can also access the shop any time by going to our website: http://www.earlmay.com and clicking on “Shop Online” in the green bar at the very top of the page. Let us know if you have any more questions. Thank you!

  2. EVA PEACOCK February 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    What do I click to shop on line

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