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Dark coloured /mulch/compost/bark

I have had a request from a client to find a dark soil dressing for plant beds. Client is from America and I think thsi could be fashionable in her house in one part of America.

Many years ago one could buy a dark peat almost black. Of course we are protecting our peaty areas so I was  wondering if there was a modern alternative.


I may neeed to buy in bags as it an tricky location.


Any help will be most welcome.


Thank you 





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  • PRO

    Not sure of your location but investigate Veolia Pro-Grow soil conditioner. It's a by-product of their local authority green waste management collections (PAS certified). We use it (bulk) to dress beds, but also sold bagged in our area.

    It's dark, richly full of OM and is a good soil dressing/additive and promotes good growth

  • try Dandy's. They have a very dark soil improver. I have just used it on a job. They also deliver by the ton.

  • Wickes topsoil is very dark............. I believe it has compost mixed in with the soil. 

  • PRO

    I've used a fine mulch before from Woodcote Nursery in Wallington. It was advertised as mulch before but now as a soil improver, almost black in colour. Also a company called Earth Cycle/Woodhorn Group I've used before, although they're not local so delivery charges can be a factor. They do something pretty much the same, but will deliver in bulk or 40x40l bags on a pallet. It would be good to find someone a bit closer that would do something similar though

  • PRO

    Mushroom compost is pretty dark -- also good council green waste is very black - both cheap in bulk 

  • Our local green waste company produces 1000's cu m of compost which is black and in colour. It makes a good soil conditioner and enhances the appearance of beds.  It's very economical at around £25 per cu m collected loose or £50 for a bulk bag.  I would think that all similar companies would produce this type of product.

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