Gates Milling, Inc.
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Landscaper's Choice Mulch

All of our dyed mulches are made from Cypress. We use Colorbiotics® as our mulch colorant, which is the leading mulch colorant in the industry. Colorbiotics® ensures both super-pure and super-concentrated colorants. All of the colorants used in our mulch are safe for people, animals, and the environment. 

We also produce natural mulches in both Cypress and Cedar. 

Color Mulch Maintenance:
Upon purchase, mulch may still be damp from the color application process. If unloading and storing the mulch right away, it is important to use a tarp to prevent the color from leeching...

Natural Cedar    

Walnut Dyed Mulch

Red Dyed Mulch

Natural Cypress

Chestnut Dyed Mulch

Black Dyed Mulch

Cypress mulch is made from bald cypress trees. Cypress mulch is an organic material used in landscaping and gardening. All organic mulches help soil retain moisture, keep the soil cool and insulate plant roots during freezing temperatures. Most mulch products also prevent the growth of weeds and provide a nice finished look to the yard or garden. In addition to these properties, cypress mulch offers several benefits that other mulches do not.


Chips or Shredded?

Cypress mulch is made from bald cypress trees (Taxodium distichum). Both the bark and small amount of the tree and the wood are ground up to make cypress mulch. Shredded mulch is generally a better choice than the chips, as shredded cypress stays in place longer and composts faster. One of the benefits of cypress mulch is that it is less expensive than many other organic mulch products like Cedar.



As cypress mulch decomposes, it adds nutrients to the soil. Some mulch, such as shredded pallets, yard grindings and newspaper, do not. Most plants benefit from the added nutrients cypress mulch provides. Some organic mulches change the pH of the soil as they decompose, such as pine needles and pine bark, which add acid to the soil, lowering the soil’s pH. cypress mulch is neutral and does not change the soil’s pH level as it decomposes.



Hardwood grindings and compost are both organic mulches, but neither is as effective at preventing weeds as cypress mulch. Hardwood grindings often contain tree or weed seeds that eventually sprout in the mulched area. Organic compost is a good way to add nutrients to the soil, but as mulch, its rich composition makes it a perfect site for weed growth. Cypress mulch blocks weed growth and prevents any airborne seeds from reaching the soil to germinate. Another benefit of cypress 

mulch is it contains cypressene which is a natural oil that resist rot and is a natural insect repellent and deters weeds.



Cypress mulch is an attractive soil cover and looks much nicer than mulches such as mixed hardwood species, pallets and yard grindings. It also has a unique, pleasant smell when it is fresh. Because we use pure Cypress bark/wood for our shredded mulch you are going to get a consistent grind and color from one load to the next.  While other mulches may blow away or wash away over time, cypress mulch tends to stay in place. Pine bark mulch, in particular, tends to float away after heavy rains. Therefore, Cypress mulch will not need to be reapplied as often as some other mulch.