FAQ

  1. Are there any special considerations for using colored mulches?
  2. Our dyed mulches are made of double shredded hardwood mulch and double shredded pine. They are mixed, and composted to 180 degrees before grinding. Then the material is dyed with a water color and stockpiled until dry. All microbes, organisms and insects are smothered and killed in a composting process.

    When the weather is extremely wet, it makes all ground covers including colored mulches and regular mulches the perfect environment for the funguses in the soils to flourish. Fungi are a single-celled or multi-cellular organism without chlorophyll that reproduces by spores and lives by absorbing nutrients from organic matter. Fungi include mildews, molds, mushrooms, rusts, smuts, and yeasts. While the funguses are unsightly, they are harmless to humans. The fungi form a symbiotic relationship with the root systems of your plants that will make your plants greener, drought resistant and live much longer. The scientific name for the fungi is: fuligo septica. They are gross, but totally harmless. Here are a few good web pages:

    http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/toms_fungi/june99.html
    http://waynesword.palomar.edu/slime1.htm

    While they are not a health issue, the spores should be shoveled out when maintenance is being done. Mostly just unsightly but if left on surface where not disturbed they will change form and color and even seem to move around but eventually become a hard crust. It is part of a very natural process, Please do not try to sterilize the area with bleaches or chemicals as this could create a health issue and is obviously not good for the environment. Hope this helps. Please feel free to call me with any further questions or concerns.

  3. Are mulches susceptible to insects?
  4. All mulches purchased from JK Enterprise have under gone a complete composting process, making it impossible for any pests such as beetles, termites, ants , or any microbes of any sort to survive. The raw hardwood material is processed at our Culpeper facility. Product is brought in from the tub grinder single ground and laid out in large wind rows. The temperature is closely monitored as the material composts. When the wind row temperature reaches 180 to 185 degrees (ignitions temperature is 190+ degrees) the product is turned and laid out again in a fresh wind row to refresh oxygen supply for the process to start again. This process is repeated three times. Product is then reground to create the finished product. With the temperature reaching near ignition temperature and oxygen exhausted three times, all microbes and pathogens are eliminated.

    Beetles and Termites typically surface from the ground when the ground temperature rapidly warms in early spring and often the installation of warm mulch will spur this activity. Often, people mistakenly assume that the pest have been delivered with the mulch. We assure you that our product has been completely composted.

  5. What should I know about receiving my delivery?
  6. Because of the nature of our products, there are some things to keep in mind, especially…

    – Delivery is at the discretion of JKELS, delivery times may vary. Monday through Friday, – Half days on Saturday
    – Delivery locations must be clearly marked and accessible by truck
    – Natural materials may settle
    – Natural materials may vary in consistency, color, size etc..
    – Dyed products need 24 hours of dry time
    – Dyed products must not be applied 24 hours prior to a precipitation event
    – Opened or applied landscape materials can not be returned
    – Some products can not be returned – Bulk material

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