As a home stager I want to be able to offer my clients solutions that are inexpensive but add to value and beauty of the home so they can spend their money doing repairs correctly or updating the home. Having said that, don’t we want to all find ways to stretch our budget and make our home and yard look great even if we aren’t selling our home? Hippie Mulch (www.hippiemulch.com) contacted me to see if I had ever heard of or tried their product or a similar product to add to the curb appear of a staged home. I had not. Basically they offer mulch dye, mulch glue (to hold mulch in place) and grass color. They sent me a 4oz bottle of the bellbottom black to try on my mulch (I didn’t want to use it on someone’s else mulch or suggest it until I had tried it on my own first).
Here’s what came in the package:
The directions were on the bottle and also on the enclosed information sheet. You have to use it when it hasn’t been raining and is not going to rain and when it is not windy (“your neighbor may not dig the funky paint job on his ride”–quoted from the insert and I liked that their lingo matched the Hippie Mulch name–it makes it more fun! Their sizes and colors are also “hippie” related.)
I already had a pressurized pump sprayer in my garage and I filled a water jug up just in case I got some overspray and needed to rinse something off.
The process was a lot easier than I though it would be, took less time, colored more mulch, and looked better than what I had imagined. The process took me less than an hour including cleanup and I took before and after pictures and even filmed a short clip of me spraying it. I mixed my 4 oz bottle with just under a gallon of water in my sprayer (they said the bellbottom black was the least concentrated) and it said it would cover anywhere from 150-350 square feet I guess depending on how much you need to apply. What I used went a lot further than I thought it would. I sprayed all the beds in the front yard and most of my side yard. I even sprayed the rubber mulch around the mailbox with it. I could instantly see a difference and it was easy to keep it off the planters and plants.
Here is a short clip showing what it looks like going on (its very short since it was hard to video and apply at the same time and I by myself when I applied it): Very Short Hippie Mulch Application Video I posted on Vimeo (just for fun the music is Eyes Be Closed by Washed Out).
The left hand side is before and the right is after and I was afraid it would be difficult with the stones and the house but it wasn’t hard to keep it where I wanted it to spray. I was going to calculate the cost savings but I found it on the hippie mulch website. They offer several different sizes for different sizes of yards. According to the website the color will last for one year and the package said it only had a 9 month shelf life so buy what you think you will need for one application. Since we are moving in a month I can’t give you an update in a year but I’ll get some for my new mulch and then I can try it out to see how long it lasts. They sent me the 4oz size which runs $9.95 and covers up to 350 square feet and they compare that to $2.50 for a bag of mulch that covers 10 square feet which would cost $87.50. That’s a significant savings not to mention having to go to the supply store to get it and having to have the vehicle to haul it home in. It would take me at least an hour to get to the store and get it (plus I would buy a bunch of other stuff and spend even more money) and then at least another hour or more to get it put out. I was finished with the whole process in about an hour and had everything cleaned up. It was definitely easier and cheaper. The Hippie Mulch name is also derived from the fact that it is eco friendly and saves trees. They claim the 12 oz. size saves 8 trees so I can feel good because I saved almost 3 trees with my 4 oz. size. It also says that once it dries it is completely safe for pets and animals and of course the environment. I definitely think this is a great solution to putting down mulch once or even several times a year. You may have to fill in some spots if you had some wash away (check out their hippie glue if you have that problem and let me know what you think since I haven’t tried it) but I definitely think this is a great solution for saving time and some cash especially if you need a quick spruce up and don’t want to spend a lot.
If you have used this product or another one like it then I’d like to hear from you. Let me know what you think.