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Old May 20th, 2009, 08:59 AM
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Question Dyed Mulch

I've searched the net for information on this topic and it's said that some manufacturer's use colorants that contain additives such as pesticides and mold inhibitors. Also according to the ASPCA's Veterinary Toxicologist it can not only be toxic but lethal to both dogs and cats if ingested (cocoa bean mulch which contains thedoromine & caffeine)

Someone put the red dyed mulch in my yard and Brandi loves lying on top of it but I'm wondering just how safe that is, anyone know? Doesn't bugs love to munch on these wood shavings too which only means they might find nestings in her fur yuck

btw she'll inhale anything if it's edible and supposively it smells tasty as in sweet? So far I'm managing to catch her right away but would feel better if someone had more knowledge on this subject.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 12:34 PM
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From my readings I have found out that red and black mulch is treated with arsenic and other chemicals to repel bugs. Cocoa mulch is especially dangerous to dogs of course.
So far it seems plain bark mulch or pine mulch is the safest.
If you are trying to just stop weeds have you tried shredded newspapers? It may not be as attractive but it is much safer.
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I know the cocoa mulch tastes sweet to dogs - but I hadn't heard of any other mulch being sweet. I don't use mulch in my yard so I don't really have any experience with that.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:59 PM
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14+, GG didn't put the mulch down, the buildings owner did and she's trying to find out if its safe for Brandi or not...I've often used the red mulch and so does our fair city, including on our hiking paths.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 03:17 PM
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Thanks Melinda. I saw the rolling eyes and wasn't sure. Of course the landlord wouldn't be concerned about pets, now would they.
I would not be letting my pets lie in the mulch. I would be concerned about the arsenic and other chemicals leaching through their fur. Of course, it's not as bad as the cocoa mulch.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 09:32 PM
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I don't know why anyone would want to use the dyed stuff anyway. Plain old cedar mulch is very pretty. Once the plants have grown up around the stuff you don't see much of the mulch anyway.

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