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Old 07-23-2012, 02:30 PM
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Mulch catching on fire...any alternatives??

I have a retail location where cigarette butts are catching the mulch on fire. Any suggestion as for an alternative to the mulch that would be more resistant to the fire???

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Old 07-23-2012, 02:33 PM
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Place a sniper on the roof top. J/K. Rubber mulch won't ignite as quick but will end up all over the parking lot.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:43 PM
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Gravel such as river rock or 3/4 granite chips. Or you could put those cigarette butt collectors out at the property.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:55 PM
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Gravel such as river rock or 3/4 granite chips. Or you could put those cigarette butt collectors out at the property.
There are no less than 6 "butt collectors" at this property. Still, there are people who toss them out their car windows when pulling in to use the drive-thru, not to mention the ones who live here who don't care and still toss them on the ground, right beside the butt collectors.

Is there something that can be sprayed on mulch to reduce it's flammability?

We have talked about crushed stone but I'm not certain that is the best solution. Any further thoughts on this option??? There are shrubs and perennial plants throughout the beds.

Rubber mulch is not something these folks want to use.

Thanks for ideas so far guys! Anything else to consider??
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:57 PM
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Boric acid is what's used to make cellulose insulation resistant to flame.
You could mix it up in a spray and apply to the mulch, but it's probably not healthy for the plants. I think it would be best if applied to the mulch before the mulch is put down, and left with time to soak in and dry, rather than get into the ground.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:06 PM
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I think stone is probably your only and best option with the issue your having.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:01 PM
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Is there something that can be sprayed on mulch to reduce it's flammability?
I know this seems painfully obvious, but water???
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:49 AM
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I know this seems painfully obvious, but water???
Yeah, I meant something that I could spray ONCE and be done with it, not have to spray it every day. But you're right, water would work. LOL

I come across this flamestop product which is what I meant. http://www.flamestop.com/index.htm

Anyone use this or something similar??
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What kind of mulch is it?

If it's not good double/triple ground hardwood mulch, then your going to have problems.

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Old 07-26-2012, 12:38 AM
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I would go with rock or stone in that area then

Gosh if only people were considerate when they smoke
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