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I feel like I'm on a bad trip. Maybe Ron Popeil is behind this: it's like spray Hair In A Can for your mulch. And I'm sure the results are just as valuable.

Wow, man, that's some weird shit you've been smokin' at the University!

Another lame and unnecessary garden product/marketing idea from those who have never actually had their hands in the soil. Come on, brilliant young people, stop thinking about a quick buck/fad and come up with something to make the world a better place!

They just want us to say, "Cool, Baby!" But the real deal is that we're not spraying anything on our gardens until we know what's in it. Because what's in it is going to end up in our rivers and lakes, or in my case the Chesapeake Bay. And I'm a bit protective there.

Wow man, like this is some bad sh*t someone has been smokin'. Clearly they're going for some sort of niche market of which I am not. Took the survey.

No comment on the mulch paint.

However, if they are serious about "serving their client" they should take your question about whether this is an April's Fool joke as a serious caution flag. Ideas like this often emerge out of an echo chamber of the "yes man" variety, and that serves neither the (potential) consumer nor the marketing folks.

Sadly there probably is a market for such a twisted product. It's just not with gardeners.

That was a very poorly designed questionnaire! The results will be misleading as it does not permit you to disagree with concept of spray-on mulch color. heck, I don't even use colored mulch. I buy, in bulk, partially decomposed fine hardwood mulch, which is a rich color and breaks down easily. It is in demand by horticulturists as the local source delivers it to public gardens hundreds of miles away.

We just don't see any interest in colored mulch in these parts. I guess it's for dying those mulch volcanoes that are apparently so popular back east. I like the part where they greenwash their product by saying it will help postpone using more mulch from trees that have to be cut down.

Is the hippie in the above photo going to spray her groovy color right onto the weeds that are behind her? Imagine the buckets of ringo red she'd have to go through to smother those babies.

You. Must. Be. F-ing. Joking.

I can't believe this is for real. Have these people been on Pluto, these last 50+ years?

Landscape Design with groundcovers.


Shall we go into how bad purchased mulch is for the environment?

Wing Haven & Elizabeth Lawrence's gardens use historically correct leaf litter mulch. Nothing to buy, fabulous for soil.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Where's the blue colorant? I want bellbottom blues! (Cue Derek and the Dominoes)

There's definitely a market for it. Plenty of people ask me about mulch and their main concerns are how long does it last and does the color fade out. I think the students will learn a valuable lesson about market segmentation. The "gardeners" they are looking for are more the "yard maintenance" type than the horticulture hobbyists here. Plenty of people would probably happily paint their 5" deep, rot-resistant cypress mulch around their little row of clipped balls and boxes and that thing with the flowers in the spring rather than topping it off again to renew the basketball orange color. That type of gardener outnumbers the Garden Rant type 100 to 1. They're just at Home Depot, not Garden Rant. Put it near the pallets of Scott's 30 step fertilizer sales system and it'll probably do pretty well. Use the words "safe" and "natural" in the packaging.

OK, just took the survey. Here's what I think. The smartass students at St. Thomas University (which apparently is a real place) are secretly having a good laugh on us gardening dinosaurs. This survey is not about colored mulch -- it is about the answers to the last few questions, about social media use & income. Nobody could possibly be in earnest about naming a product 'hippie' anything -- could they?!

One nice thing about the survey, dumb as it was .... (no place for my answer to the question about 'how often do you replace your mulch?' which is 'I don't replace my mulch, dude (or dodo), I add to it gradually as it breaks down') .... it did allow for a couple of 'fill in the blank' answers. So I was at least able to use the word 'hideous'. Though possibly that was a trick question too, to see what we gardeners/dinosaurs would say.

This is so wrong. And I agree with the other posters about spraying the weeds to blend in. The survey was completely useless too. Really? This survey was made by business students? Wow, the standards are pretty low there.

They should make a green spray, for people that want to hide their dandelion flowers.

Maybe I'm nuts, but I prefer people to notice the color of my plants, not of the stuff around them. And when I can find it - finally becoming more common here in NOLA - I use pine straw, because those Formosan termites eat cypress mulch or any hardwood mulch and then move on the the old wood in houses.

I'm a grad of St. Thomas (MA, English) and it is a good regional university here in Minnesota. The business program is particularly well-regarded. I've seen this product at a couple of garden shows (so it is real) and, like you, Susan, thought it missed the point of mulch. I've already responded to the survey with a comment to that effect, and encourage others to do the same.

Did I just take the brown acid?

Hippies don't do mulch. Never did, never will

No way can this be for real, it's just too stupid.

Y'all thought you were joking about spraying the weeds green, right? I used to live in a place where the mow & blow guy suggested spray-painting the dead areas of the boxwood green. He said he used to work at a very high-end estate where they did that! And he looked at me kind of strangely when I suggested carefully pruning out the dead (from dog pee) branches so that live foliage could grow into the spot.

Calling it Hippie Mulch, they're missing their demographic by not offering the hippiest color of all: tie-dye.

Their next product: Punk Garden graffiti decals for your windows.

Oh, and then Baby Boomer lounge chairs, extra wide, with an attached mini fridge so that you can, according to the marketing materials, "enjoy your garden without taking a step."

And this just in from the Clueless About Gardening (tm) Company: tie-dye is available in roll-out carpeting for your garden. Now you can walk around your garden without getting a speck of dirt on you. And it's saturated with insect repellent, so you're surrounded in a protective halo as you walk on it. You never have to mow or weed it, and if you want a different color, get a can of Hippie Color tie-dye spray paint.

Mulch is not about color. Mulch is about preserving soil tilth, preventing weeds and conserving moisture. If you are that worried about your huge expanses of bleached out mulch, then plant some more plants.

We need Mike Meyers Coffe Talk from SNL for this one.

Hippie mulch is neither made by hippies nor mulch. Discuss!

Spray on the mulch. Roll out the green outdoor carpeting. Stick in some plastic flowers.


Instant low maintenance gardening.

Seriously, I won't even waste my time taking the survey. Anyone that could come up with an idea like this wouldn't want to know my opinion.

The company does green lawn coloring too (that makes a little more sense than this)...I actually prefer the look of weathered mulch. What a weird product.

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