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Facts & Tips on Colored Mulch

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Colored mulch has been around for quite some time now and is used in many lawns and gardens. People have a variety options available to them when they go to the landscape store and look at all the mulch and stone that is out there. They can choose from all natural, stone, wood, colored and so much more.

When people look at the colored mulch they see all the colors from black, brown, red, and gold and think how pretty it will make their landscaping look on their home and garden. But they maybe wondering if that colored mulch is safe for the plants and the environment.

The colorant or dye that is used on mulch is safe for your plants and the environment. Colored mulch is not harmful to you, your animals or those pretty hydrangeas that you have in your blooming garden.

Below is a brochure that gives you plenty of tips, and safety facts about mulch. Take a look at it before you go out and be informed on what you are buying. Also on how much you will need, how to properly handle it and spread it in your garden beds.

CMC at Richmond Expo 2018

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CMC will be at the Richmond Expo 2018 in Virginia in just a couple of short weeks. Please visit us at booth #407 to see how our premium mulch colorants perform. Speak to one of our representatives about the range of colors we offer and how well they adhere to the mulch.

We produce a premium line and a hybrid line for harder to dye mulch material. We use special technology to produce our colorants in a liquid form, this technology allows for better coverage on the mulch and a richer color tone.

CMC invites everyone to visit us at the show and see what we have to offer.

2018 US Composting Council

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CMC will be partnering with Erichar, Inc. at the 2018 U.S. Composting Council Conference in Atlanta GA. We encourage attendees to stop by and check out the selection of premium colorants that we can provide. Also be sure to check out all the items and equipment that Erichar has to offer as well.

Spring Is Here!

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Now that Spring is here and everything is beginning to bloom it is time to clean up that yard from the winter. As your trees are beginning to bud and plant those new flowers in the beds to add some bright colors into your landscape remember to not forget the mulch. Here is some helpful tips and advice to consider as you begin to pick out a new mulch and decide how much you need.



Boy Scouts of America Annual Dinner

CMC is proud sponsor of the Hawk Mountain Council – Boy Scouts of America. At the 41st Annual Leadership Dinner, CMC had the honor of being able to witness what an organization like this can do for young children. NASA Astronaut Pierre J. Thuot was the keynote speaker of the night and spoke about his experience as a boy scout and how that is one of many characteristics and attributes that NASA looks for.

The Boy Scouts of America teaches boys and young men many basic values and skills in life, “Prepared. For Life”. The contributions made from the dinner will go to fund memberships for qualified individuals, programs, and activities. CMC hopes to be able to continue support of this organization for many years to come.

Mulch and Soil Council

CMC will be at the 2016 annual Mulch & Soil Council Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a member of the Mulch and Soil Council for the last several years we are happy to attend the conference again this year and looking forward to meeting new people and reconnecting. We will be there to meet with people and make new connections that we hope will last. If you are interested in speaking to a representative about our products please stop by our table and speak with Russel Holcomb.

CMC provides a premium mulch colorant/dye that has been tested and proven to provide superior coverage that will last. We offer our customers 9 color to choose from:

  • Brown
  • Spring Brown
  • Coffee
  • Red
  • Crimson Red
  • Bursting Red
  • Xtra Black
  • Jet Black
  • Gold

We invite people to run a test with our colorant and see for themselves the quality you should expect from your mulch colorant.

CMC at US Composting Council Conference.

CMC will be at the 2016 US Composting Council Conference displaying their full line of Premium Mulch Colorants. We will have samples of the colors on display at booth #810 and our representatives will be able to assist you with any questions you have. Both representatives have years of experience and knowledge in this field and can assist you with all your mulch coloring needs.


New Tote Size for 2016!

Custom Milling and Consulting, Inc. will be shipping our mulch colorant in brand new larger totes to our mulch customers in the beginning of 2016. The totes will be able to hold up to 330 gallons of colorant, giving customers the ability to produce more colored mulch with fewer totes to dispose of. Customers will also be able to have longer run times with the brand new totes that measure 46” x 53” tall.

The pounds per tote, per color are as follows:

  • Blacks – 3,000
  • Browns – 3,6000
  • Reds – 4,000
  • Gold – 4,000

All CMC mulch colorants are milled to reduce the particle size and increase dispersion to enhance color strength, coverage and reduce usage rates. CMC is always looking for ways to improve and meet the needs of our customers.

Joe Zidik honored as Pennsylvania’s Small Business Person of the Year

Joe SBA AwardThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the winner of the 2015 Pennsylvania Small Business Person of the Year Award on Tuesday, March 31. The SBA has taken the opportunity to highlight the important role that entrepreneurs, small business owners, and many others from across the nation, play in our overall economy.

Small businesses across Pennsylvania had the opportunity to nominate a person or business for one of several different categories. A group of officials selected a recipient from each category to be recognized and be awarded for their accomplishments.  Joe Zidik, President and Owner of Custom Milling & Consulting, Inc., received Pennsylvania Small Business Person of Year Award for the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. Zidik was nominated by Martin Brill, Program Manager, International Trade, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center.

The SBA had predefined guidelines that nominees had to meet in order to be considered for the award:

  • Exhibit stability, growth, and expansion
  • Growth in employment
  • Proven record of increased profit
  • Innovation in a niche area that competitors are not addressing
  • Involvement in community organizations

CMC began as a small company that specialized in milling liquid based products for other companies, since 2002 they have expanded their services to include manufacturing a line of wet milling equipment, and produce their own line of premium mulch colorants. Currently their facility, located in Fleetwood PA, is comprised of four buildings that equal more than 70,000 square feet of space. In 2014 they opened CMC do Brasil, Ltda., a satellite contract processing facility in Curatiba, Brazil. They continue to explore new adventures and focus on innovation in every aspect of company.

During the week of May 4-8, the SBA will visit the winners of the awards to tour the business and meet with the winners. On June 18th, the winners will be presented their award and recognized at a small ceremony in Philadelphia, PA.

CMC Tests better than the rest!

CMC mulch colorants were tested next to a leading competitor and outperformed them by more than 15%. Mulch manufacturers that make colored mulch know that quality matters but so does efficiency for improving the bottom line.

CMC full line of colors includes:

  • Red
  • Crimson Red
  • Bursting Red
  • Brown
  • Spring Brown
  • Coffee
  • Xtra Black
  • Jet Black
  • Gold

Four colors were tested and compared in this trial; black, brown, spring brown and red. They were tested by demonstrating how many pounds per cubic yard were used to achieve the color that they wanted. The amount of dye that was used was the only variant in the test, the amount of water used was consistent. Below are the percentages that demonstrate the difference in how much dye was used between CMC and the competitor.




Lbs. per cu/yd.

Lbs. per cu/yd.


Brown 4.14 3.5 15.45%
Red 6.14 3.43 44.13%
Spring Brown 5.74 3.31 37.63%
Black 3.86 3.24 16.06%


The chart above demonstrates that the mulch manufacturer used less of the CMC colorant than the competitor. Every color ranges in percentage from 15 all the way up to 44, and that can make a large difference in the production of the mulch.

CMC uses technology that takes the pigments and other ingredients, that breaks down the particles to produce microscopic sizes. This process has shown that you need to use less dye to achieve the desired results while still getting optimal coverage that will last.