About Curb Appeal Mulch Dye
Curb Appeal claims to be a powerful, all natural concentrate that instantly restores long-lasting color to your yard mulch, and can make old, faded mulch look new in minutes. All you have to do is simply mix the formula with water and spray on your mulch or pine straw.
Perhaps best of all, Curb Appeal is non-toxic so it’s safe for use around plants, pets, and wildlife, while it uses the same color formulation as many mulch manufacturers.
As such, the manufacturer claims that one bottle of Curb Appeal can cover up to 300 square feet with deep, rich color that lasts up to 9 months, without any tiresome maintenance. You can even change color mid-season without re-mulching!
If you’ve ever purchased an “As Seen on TV” product before, you understand that these manufacturers often make their products seem much more revolutionary than they are, while conveniently glossing over their downsides. But is this the case with Curb Appeal?
Let’s start by looking at Curb Appeal’s ingredients.
What Does Curb Appeal Contain?
While there weren’t any ingredients listed on the Curb Appeal website, these types of products (known as “mulch sprays” or “mulch colorants”) generally use some type of vegetable-based dye that’s non-toxic and safe for plants, animals, and people. However, the exact formulation used can vary widely by manufacturer, so there’s no way to verify exactly which ingredients Curb Appeal contains.
Regardless of the ingredients it contains though, how well can you expect Curb Appeal to work?
Is Curb Appeal a Good Choice for Re-Coloring Your Mulch?
Admittedly, applying dye to your mulch will likely be much less labor intensive than completely re-mulching, but there are a couple important considerations to keep in mind before purchasing Curb Appeal.
First, realize that when you re-mulch, you’re applying a fresh layer of evenly dyed material to your plant beds, which means that regardless of how much it’s disturbed, this same color will appear on top.
On the other hand, when using a dye such as Curb Appeal, you’re only applying a thin layer of coloring to the top layer of your existing mulch. As such, if it rains, if children or animals mess up the top layer, or if it’s disturbed in any other way, you’ll immediately be able to see your old much.
Because of this, Curb Appeal should only be considered a very short-term solution.
Second, although each bottle of Curb Appeal is claimed to cover 300 square feet, how long it takes you to cover this area depends on the quality of the sprayer you’re using, as well as the nozzle that attaches to it.
As far as quality, unless you’re using an electric or motor-assisted sprayer, you’ll have to manually pump your sprayer in order to create pressure inside the container, which then forces the dye out through the nozzle. And if you’re using a low quality sprayer, you might have to re-pump hundreds of times until all your beds are sprayed.
As far as your sprayer’s nozzle goes, if it doesn’t release the dye forcefully or doesn’t spray at a wide angle, it could take you a very long time to evenly coat 300 square feet of mulch. Pro tip: You can see this in action toward the end of the Curb Appeal commercial when host Marc Gill attempts to spray a small section of mulch, but only a thin line is covered at each pass. If you were to spray the whole section shown, it would take you all day!
But is Curb Appeal your only option?
Other Brands of Sprayable Mulch Dye
“As Seen on TV” companies generally have a habit of making everyday, mundane products seem wholly revolutionary, and Curb Appeal is no different.
However, the reality is that if you’re looking for a high quality, non-toxic mulch spray or colorant, you have dozens of options from which to choose. To see for yourself, simply type “mulch sprays,” “mulch colorants,” or “mulch dyes” into your favorite search engine and watch how many results pop up.
You’ll also likely be able to find mulch dyes at local retailers, so be sure to check out all your offline options as well!
Now that you’ve got a good handle on what Curb Appeal is, some of its pros and cons, as well as some different options, let’s take a look at the product’s manufacturer.
Who Manufactures Curb Appeal?
Curb Appeal is brought to you by Prime Direct Brands, an up-and-coming company that manufactures several popular ASOTV products, including WindoBully, AutoVantage, and more. HighYa readers have rated these an average of 2 stars, with common complaints citing failure to work as advertised and poor customer service experiences.
In either instance, this doesn’t mean you’ll experience any of this with Curb Appeal, but you might want to keep it in mind.
Curb Appeal Pricing & Refund Policy
Two bottles of Curb Appeal, available in Cocoa Brown, Sierra Red, and Black Forest colors, are priced at $10 plus $14.90 S&H.
It’s advertised that you’ll also be able to purchase a pump sprayer at checkout for an additional $14.95, although this option wasn’t available when we attempted to checkout.
Important note: Remember how we mentioned above that a low quality sprayer might actually make your job harder than completely re-mulching? Because it’s such an integral piece of equipment, we’d strongly recommend looking for a higher quality sprayer (probably for about the same amount of money) at your local hardware store or home improvement retailer.
All Curb Appeal purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. When you put this in perspective, this means you could realistically lose twice as much in non-refundable S&H charges as you’ll receive as a refund.
If you do decide to process a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at (857) 263-8683.
Can Curb Appeal Give You Great Results with Less Work?
When it comes down to it, the concept behind Curb Appeal seems like a good idea—as long as you keep your expectations realistic.
In other words, if your mulch needs a mid-season freshening up and you understand that Curb Appeal’s results last only as long as your mulch remains undisturbed, the product could be a viable option. Curb Appeal might be especially useful if you want your beds to look good for an impromptu get together, without completely re-mulching.
On the other hand, if you’re not using a decent quality sprayer, or if you think Curb Appeal will last for 9 months (as the manufacturer claims), despite rain or any other disturbances, you might be sorely disappointed.