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Ideas/Opinions on Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by KCLawnCareService, May 21, 2012.

  1. KCLawnCareService

    KCLawnCareService LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Anyone have experience with using Rubber Mulch? Being in Southern Indiana we do not see a lot of this in our area. Looking for insights, pros/cons of using this material. Everything I have researched looks to be a great product. Wondering if it is something worth a gamble in and around this area. Could be a good way to dip into the landscape area of business. Right now I am just beginning to mow on the side for extra income. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    The only place I could see Rubber being anywhere near useful would be playgrounds or anyplace where children are playing, like back yard jungle gyms etc.
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    I've removed a lot of it from peoples beds.
  4. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,574

    they banned it from school playgrounds around here they *said* you can see the steel belts and get pricked from tires.....
  5. greentech2007

    greentech2007 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

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  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Give the spawn tetanus shots. :rolleyes: :hammerhead: Nothing suprises me.
  7. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Man i hate that stuff. Y
    es it holds its color...KINDA! but its not like regular mulch that "mends" together. This rubber mulch is Forever loose. We always end up blowing it out of the beds... Also on one of my resi' accounts, after every storm this mulch ALWAYS rolls right out of the bed into the lawn. Then the customer comes out and ask me "Why is my lawn SO patchy right here???" (Yes we fertilize his lawn) Its because the mulch is lodged in the soil preventing the grass to grow.

    I agree with the comment above, The only place i would ever put it is around a play-set.
  8. KCLawnCareService

    KCLawnCareService LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Thanks guys. Appreciate your input. Now what most would you recommend? I am in Southern Indiana. Thanks!
  9. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Im more of a Natural guy... so usually i would say a nice Dark Double shredded Hardwood. But recently my supplier has been carrying this died brown hardwood.
    It looks really good once its dry. We laid over 300 yards of this at one location...Only problem with this mulch is it holds its color longer so i wasnt approved to lay more of it this year since it still looks good .

  10. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,829

    I hate that $hit! It just looks horrible! So do all of those dyed mulches.... When I see any of that stuff the first thing that comes to mind is "what hack installed this landscape?".

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