Well the news is out! The University of Nevada at Reno has published their study on the combustibility of landscape mulches and the results are startling! Here is a link to the full study that was released this week from the University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension(UNCE). Full Circle Compost’s Fertile Mulch product proved to be the least combustibile of all the mulches tested.
The study took place in 2008 where the UNCE worked with local organizations and entities to evaluate the combustibility of 8 different mulches heavily used in the Northern Nevada and Sierra front region of the United States. The mulches were collected and let to weather for 2 and 1/2 months during the summer and then were ignited under forest fire conditions with 30 mph winds.
Each of the 8 mulches burned differently and were evaluated by the flame height, rate of spread, and temperature. Above you can see the difference between Dupont’s Signature Rubber Mulch bought at local home improvement store and the composted wood mulch from Full Circle Compost. Here are all the items that were tested.
Rubber mulch, pine needles and red cedar were the most combustible of all the mulches. The composted wood mulch from Full Circle proved to be the least combustible with no flame height and a slight rate of spread making it only a smoldering material. Here is graph of the differences among the products.
The composted wood mulch had a heat temperature rating but the inabilty for the product to catch fire and produce flame makes it a great product when thinking about using mulch near your home. The study provides valuable information on how to use mulches correctly in terms of fire and fire prevention.
Full Circle Compost’s Fertile Mulch proved to be an amazing product in this study. The inability of the product to produce flame under forest fire conditions opens doors for the use of the product in so many other applications beyond just mulching your yard. Beyond regular mulches, the proprietary process of making the Fertile Mulch has infused the wood with nutritious minerals and microbes from speciality compost blends. The extra weight of the Fertile Mulch allows it to withstand high winds and stay in place. This product is made from mainly recycled materials from the Tahoe Basin where Full Circle Compost turns unused biomass into a product that helps grow gardens greener and now helps protect against fire.
This is a great study and packed full of information for all of you planning to mulch this season.