Industry Accepted Product Standards

Uniform Product Standards

MSC’s Uniform Voluntary Product Guidelines for Horticultural Mulches, Growing Media and Landscape Soils(UVPG) are the accepted industry standards for mulch and soil products across the country. The guidelines were created by a broad-based industry committee focused on promoting:

  1. Uniform terminology and labeling that enables industry, consumers, buyers, and regulators to achieve a common understanding of mulch and soil products and product ingredients,
  2. Fair and open competition in the mulch and soil industry, and
  3. Standards for product performance that enable individuals to understand and choose the best product for their application.

Following committee development, the guidelines were submitted to the MSC membership for comments and suggestions. After membership review, the revised guidelines were made available to green industry organizations and any other interested parties wanting to review and comment. All membership and public comments were again reviewed by the MSC Standards Committee for final drafting of the uniform report.

The Uniform Voluntary Product Guidelines for Horticultural Mulches, Growing Media and Landscape Soils (UVPG) was officially adopted by a vote of the Mulch & Soil Council membership in October 2003 as a voluntary industry standard.

In 2005, the UVPG became the mandatory compliance and testing standards for all products qualifying under the Mulch & Soil Council Product Certification Program.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

Mulch & Soil Standards Open for Comment

The Mulch & Soil Council (MSC) invites public comment on proposed amendments to the Uniform Voluntary Product Guidelines For Horticultural Mulches, Growing Media And Landscape Soils (UVPG). The UVPG was first adopted by Council members as an industry standard in 2003 to promote:

1.Uniform terminology and labeling that enables industry, consumers, buyers, and regulators to achieve a common understanding of mulch and soil products and product ingredients,

2.Fair and open competition in the mulch and soil industry, and

3.Standards for product performance that enable individuals to understand and choose the best product for their application.

In 2005, the voluntary guidelines became mandatory for MSC certified products but remained voluntary for the industry at large. Over the years, changes in raw materials, processing technologies, general market demand for products and evolving definitions in other NGOs caused the Council to request its Standards Committee review and update the UVPG.

The Standards Committee addressed several key issues and reported a draft document to amend the existing guidelines. The initial draft was submitted for review by Council members in March and a current draft is now available for review by nonmember mulch and soil producers and other green industry stakeholders. A review copy of the proposed updated guidelines is available on the MSC website at:

PDFDownload PDF of Draft Standards HERE

All comments must be submitted in writing by mail to the Council office at 7809 N. FM 179, Shallowater, Texas 79363 or by emailing to info@mulchandsoilcouncil.org to be received no later than 12:00 p.m. (EDT) on July 8, 2020.

All comments will be reviewed by the MSC Standards Committee before drafting a final proposal to amend the Uniform Voluntary Product Guidelines that will be voted on by the MSC membership at their annual meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Charlotte, NC, on October 7, 2020.



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