pros and cons of rubber mulch?

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  1. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    Is it true rubber mulch will last 5 years? Do alot of people use it? I know the price is high but i think people will buy it cause of the longer life. Please give feed back. whats the pros and cons of rubber mulch
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  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    most rubber mulch suppliers will give a guarantee on the longevity of the product, and it lasts very long. This was a quick google search and they guarantee 10 years on the color http://www.playsaferubbermulch.com/

    cons are they are expensive up front.
     
  3. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    Floats away in heavy rain
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  4. olebrooklawn

    olebrooklawn LawnSite Member
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    i read that it dont float away in rain. but a flood and water up to doors im sure it will float away.
     
  5. johnsonslawnmanagement

    johnsonslawnmanagement LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm telling you from experience that it DOES float. I put it out in a bed and a moderate rain washed a large quantity of it out into the lawn. We have used it on some playground applications with high edging and have had it down going on 3 1/2 years. Still looks decent but has faded.
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  6. sweetland

    sweetland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The biggest con is you don't get the yr to yr income from applying regular mulch on a clients house. I have it at one customers house and I'm not a dan of the way it looks. I think it should be used for play areas not gardens.
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  7. sweetland

    sweetland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The biggest con is you don't get the yr to yr income from applying regular mulch on a clients house. I have it at one customers house and I'm not a fan of the way it looks. I think it should be used for play areas not gardens.
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  8. JayD

    JayD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes, but so does the regular mulch. I see where people will have big tall/high mounds built up and the lay fabric down with mulch and even in flat beds where the down spout drains into the bed.
     
  9. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a customer and I am friends with his neighbor. He buys the rubber mulch from BJ's or Costco for like $5 or $8 a bag. It looks good from far away but up close it looks very unnatural. It kind of smells when it's hot out.

    After so many years it must suck removing it.
     
  10. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
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    it looks like crap.
     

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