How harmful is dyed bark mulch to plants?

I'd LOVE to have a burgundy-colored mulch to match the house; I'm debating over rocks or wood chips. For the wood chips, I've read that the dyes in colored bark mulches can leach into the soil & be harmful to plants. Is this true? Just HOW harmful is it?? (Is it not worth the risk?) Are there any OTHER options for a burgundy-colored mulch???

Submitted by shan_kat7

There quite likely are various dyes used to color mulch, but I've not seen any conclusive research to indicate that they are harmful to plants. Look for the Soil & Mulch Council certification on any mulch you purchase to be guaranteed of a quality product.

Answered by DSchrock