Rubber Mulch?????????

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by John Gamba, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Has anyone used it and how did it work. I think they call it----Permalife Mulch. I thinks its recycled tires.

    Thank You John:waving:
     
  2. sotn

    sotn LawnSite Member
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    My dad bought it a couple of years ago....and said it was a huge mistake. Very expensive(saw it last week for $300 a yard!). Heavy rains and it floated out of beds. Couldn't really blow leaves out of it. Also when rain loosened soil under mulch, the soil came up and buried mulch. He is now back to ol reliable double ground.
     
  3. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    Agreed, stay away!

    I quoted a customer that already HAD SOME of it and after doing some trimming work for him and getting it in the yard, around plants, doesnt decompose, christ what a big mess, i still hit it 2yrs later in his yard with the mowers, its there forever. its not worth the money or the product even if someone gave me 10 tons of it, btw its very expensive too, and only comes in bags.

    Use regular black dyed mulch a few times a year if theyre so conerned about what it looks like.
     
  4. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    John,
    My biggest residential has it in his kids play ground, It works great as a safety cushion for falls, when it comes to maintaining, it blows all over when trying to get the leaves out and it needs to have landscape timbers or a good high edge around it to keep it from floating out the edges in heavy rains. other than that it is great as a playground base.
     
  5. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    I want to thank everybody for giving great info on this. My moter-in-law wanted it and i told her i would check with everybody here. If its great for when you fall maybe we can put it on the floor so if she ever falls she wont get hurt??:laugh:

    thanks again:waving:
     
  6. Doug Z.

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    Wow, you guys really can bash a product without doing the research on it. I love it. For starters, it is recomended that you put a weed barrier under it, therfore it would not mix in with topsoil. Next, Rubber Mulch is 5 times heavier than wood mulch, I've never seen it float. I live out in the country, 100acres of open fields, I have it on a raised patio, never had a problem with wind blowing it. As far as keeping it clean, they put the throtle controls on the blowers for a reason, I've blown wet leaves off of it with no problems. If you go in full bore, I dont care what your getting the leaves out of, it is going to blow around. As far as price, I use only Rubberific Mulch. I have looked at about 8 manufacturers, and this is the nicest stuff i have found. It runs about $100 per yard, not $300. If you have any more questions, let me know, I 'd be happy to give you more info, seeing that I've done the research on it.
     
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Thank you Doug :waving:
     
  8. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
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    Doug Can you post a pic???
     
  9. sotn

    sotn LawnSite Member
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    I can only comment on my fathers experience, and the price I saw it selling for. And I know how to use a leaf blower.
     
  10. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Doug, really hope you are not taking aim on my comments, what i said is exactly as i've seen it on my customers property, he and I have both had to rake it back into the kids play area, that was when we put the 6X6 landscape timbers around it. Now as i said it is excellent for a safety cushion under the play area, his youngest (about 4 yrs.) fell from the top of the play house and didn't get hurt. 4" thick layer of mulch, also, I realize there are differing types and size so possibly that is why ours floats and blows no matter what the blower speed. I was at almost idle trying to blow leaves.

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