Autumn Brown, Medium Grind

Enduring Color Pleases the Eye

Autumn Brown mulch is a color enriched mulch that we have begun blending in order to provide a cost conscious alternative to cedar mulches.


1-5 cubic yards purchased



6 plus yards, volume discount


Considerations on Value

When cedar mulch begins to fade and the memory of the high cost is remembered, Medium grind Autumn Brown mulch remains.

Benefits of Medium Grind Color-Enriched Autum Brown Mulch

  • Retains well in windy locations
  • Attractive look of color & texture
  • 2 - 3 year color retention
  • Reduces water loss
  • Supresses weeds
  • Insulates against hot & cold
  • Promotes a beneficial environment for soil biology: earthworms, atinomecyetes, protoza, bacteria & fungi
  • Adds nutrients

Recomended Uses

  • Works well in windy exposed areas because the particle size keeps it in place.

Directions for Use

  • Confirmation - Be sure to cross reference the product on your receipt of purchase to confirm you are reading the directions of use for the correct product.
  • Location of use - Our medium grind mulches work well in any area that is large or exposed to wind. A benefit of our medium grind mulches is how they lock together, helping them remain in place during seasons of high wind.  (Also see depth in regard to wind.)  In regard to location, consider the colors that are in the area where your mulch will lie. A good color choice will accent any near by buildings or naturally occurring color such as foliage or blossoms.  Consider consulting a color wheel.  Amazingly enough our bachelor boss is even learning to use one.
  • Weed barrier - A barrier is considered optional. We have seen many successful mulched beds both with and without weed barrier.  One consideration in forgoing weed barrier is the interaction of the life in the soil with the mulch layer.  Without a barrier, biology such as earthworms are more easily able to thrive in the area where the soil and the mulch mingle.  Another consideration for going without is that when you allow the longer spears of mulch to drive into the soil and mingle with it, a bond is formed that contributes to the lower level of mulch remaining in place.  Whereas the opposite is true when a weed barrier is present.  The barrier may form a fault line where the wind can easily lift the mulch particles away.
  • Depth - We recommend a depth of between 3 - 6" of medium grind be used when mulching an open area.  The goal of an adequate depth is not only to supress unwanted seed germination, but also to construct a mix and match of particles in order that the mulch particles are able to lock together and form one united mat of mulch.  When we mulch too thin (under 3"), the mulch particles lie mostly horizontal and roll on one another rather than locking together. When we mulch too deep (over 6") with medium grind, the soil is starved for the airflow that it needs in order to maintain a diverse biological ecosystem.
  • Surface cover - Keep in mind that our medium grind mulches are ment as a decorative surface cover rather than a soil amendment. Long term, medium grind will contribute to your soil fertility; however, in the short term a fully composted soil amendment will provide superior results when incorporating into you garden beds soil.
  • Using color -
  • Using texture - Texture is also of consideration. You may want the texture of your landscape to be complementary.  A medium grind mulch brings with it a rugged texture.  The rugged texture of a medium grind mulch can be a wonderful complement to the texture of large bushes and trees.  Large plants rise above the medium mulch rather than get lost in it.  The large leaves of the plant complement the large particle size of the medium mulch.  Together they compose a harmonious look in your landscape.  If your goal is to cultivate a stage for smaller plants to perform from, then we encourage you to consider using our fine grind mulches.