In response to natural wood's characteristic fading, manufacturers have created color-enhanced mulch, from rusty reds to chocolate browns to black. The wood is treated with plant-safe, water-soluble colorants, resulting in richer hues that won't fade as fast. If colored mulch is made from recycled wood, make sure the wood has been screened for contaminants.
1. Scott's Nature Scapes Classic Black Mulch, also at The Home Depot in selected stores, $4.69 per bag (2 cu. ft.).
2. Seaside Chocolate Brown Mulch, from Seaside Mulch, $33.99 per cu. yd.
3. Seaside Red Mulch, from Seaside Mulch, $33.99 per cu. yd.