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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NOTICE TO MEMBERS

Mulch & Soil Standards FINAL Review

The Mulch & Soil Council (MSC) members are asked to review the FINAL 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 approved by the Board of Directors and then submitted for review by Council members in March-April. That was followed by a review by non-member mulch and soil producers and other green industry stakeholders in June-July. Based on comments received, the MSC Standards Committee and Board of Directors has approved the final draft UVPG guidelines for review and approval by the MSC membership.

A review copy of the proposed updated guidelines is available on the MSC website at:
PDFDownload PDF of FINAL Draft Standards HERE

Any member with comments or questions is requested to contact the MSC Executive Director, Robert LaGasse, at execdir@mulchandsoilcouncil.org prior to the October 7th Council membership meeting in Orlando. The final draft will be adopted by majority vote at the MSC business meeting at 1:15p.m. (EDT) on October 7th during the hybrid (in-person or on-line) Annual General Membership Meeting in Orlando or Zoom.



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