I am used to mulch looking fluffy and thick when I spray it. Why does Synermulch mulch look thinner and does this impact performance?
Synermulch products were designed by completely re-thinking the key elements behind mulch performance. Our mulch deliberately contours to the soil surface in a thin, extremely strong layer that maximizes seed to soil contact, and seals moisture in the soil itself. This maximizes erosion protection, while providing a better environment for seeds to establish as the emerging seedling roots have a much better chance of reaching and rooting in the soil itself rather than being stranded in the mulch itself. Having the mulch lay down in a thin layer has the added benefit of providing less of an environment for airborne weed seeds to be captured by the mulch. This reduces the competition desired plants face once they germinate.
Why doesn’t Synermulch use wood fiber like most mulch since it is commonly specified?
Synermulch mulch products are a blend of three fiber types: short stem fibers similar to wood in function, wood cellulose (paper), and bast fibers. We believe a blend of fibers with different performance characteristics will always be superior to a product based on one fiber type. The key to our mulch performance is the bast fibers. Bast fibers are extremely strong plant fibers found only in a few plants throughout the world. Bast fibers are longer, stronger, and more flexible than wood fibers, which allow them to drape over soil and contour more readily and reinforce the soil in a way short, stiff fibers like wood cannot. The performance advantage of bast fibers has been known about by the erosion control industry for decades but their strength and flexibility make them notoriously difficult to process. Our manufacturing facility is the only one of its kind in the world and has been designed specifically to process bast fibers for erosion control. This is a major part of the Synermulch advantage.
How is it possible the Synermulch mulch requires so little water to spray compared to other mulch?
The bast and stem fibers in our mulch blends are not thermo-mechanically refined like wood fibers. The thermo-mechanical refining process used to manufacture wood mulches opens the structure of the wood fibers, making them much more absorbent than what they would be naturally. This causes the fibers to swell in the presence of moisture, reducing the amount of mulch that can be mixed in a tank, and potentially causing plugging. There is an inverse relationship between the water holding capacity of a mulch and the amount of mulch that can be mixed in a tank.
Synermulch mulch has lower water holding capacity than wood mulch. Isn’t high water holding capacity needed to help with seed germination?
Mulch water holding capacity and tank mixing ratios are inversely related. Since our mulch absorbs less water, we can fit more mulch in a tank. The amount of water needed to germinate seedlings also needs to be place in perspective. Applying 3000 Kg/Ha of wood mulch to a site with a water mix ratio of 125 gallons per bag, means that 16,500 gallons of water are required per hectare, at least 20% more than is required for MulchMax. This same 16,500 gallons of water, equates to only ¼ of an inch of rainfall/hectare. This certainly helps germination, but is not enough to sustain germination. Our philosophy is that a good mulch should allow water through and lock it in the soil itself where we want the roots to grow. This does not happen if the mulch absorbs the water before it reaches the soil itself. We also believe that the lower water holding capacity of our mulch provides an erosion control advantage to the customer. More absorbent mulches are simply heavier during rainfall and therefore face more strain on their interlocking fiber/tackifier bonds.
Is there Guar in Synermulch tackifier formulas?
Guar is a key component of our tackifier formula, but not the only component, like the mulch itself we believe that a blend of polymers can provide a better, more rounded performance than one ingredient alone. We use a blend of natural plant-based polymers in our tackifier that allow us to exceed the performance of guar alone. Our tackifier formula has also been customized to our fiber blend for optimal performance but can be used with other fiber types as well.
I have tried single step applications (mulch, seed, fertilizer) in one pass before with little success. Is this possible with Synermulch?
Synermulch mulches require less water per bag of mulch than wood mulch and do not swell like wood mulch. This enables us to apply more mulch per hectare with significantly less water. Too much water can cause the mulch to peel and roll downhill. Since our mulch does not swell like wood mulch, it also suspends fewer seedlings in the fiber matrix. These two factors together allow the ability to be applied in a one-step process leading to significant cost savings. It should be noted that within the one-step process, we still recommend applying the mulch from two different directions to maximize coverage.