Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by arkansas502, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    What is yalls opinion on rubber mulch? I have a customer wanting to have it installed in the kids play area and around 2 picnic tables.
     
  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it gets in the grass it is deadly when lawn mower blades pick it up.
     
  3. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    Im curious to see how the color holds up and if it mildews.
     
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I haven't see this type of mulch one thing is for sure it won't decompose :waving:
     
  5. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
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    I service 1 property that has had it for a couple years. Seems to hold up ok but didn't seem to slow weeds down at all. Maybe its just installed too thin but anywhere there was a hole in the fabric there were constant weeds. It does make it tougher to get weeds out as my puller can't plunge straight through it
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  6. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky LawnSite Senior Member
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    We installed 6 pallets of the stuff last year around a playground in a customer's backyard and it went okay. Bags are heavier, but you don't get dirty which is nice. The color will probably fad a bit over time, but simply turning it over will do just fine.
     
  7. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    My plan was to prep the ground and cover with 2 layers of landscape fabric. They requested railroad ties or 6x6 stacked 2 high around the perimeter. They want a 20x30 perimeter so the kids would have room to run around. Im bidding it to be 4 inches thick so it can be turned over when needed to show new color.
     
  8. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
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    You should be ok. The place I service is real thin 1/2" or so. If you move any of the mulch you can see the fabric. At 4" you should get decent weed blocking.
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  9. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    I plan to post pics once complete. There is a slight slope so there will be some digging out to make it level but nothing the bobcat cant handle. From what I can tell the back side will end up being stacked 3 or 4 high to make it level. The other option is to stack the front side higher and backfill before putting fabric down to make it level. Not sure which one will look better yet.
     
  10. arkansas502

    arkansas502 LawnSite Member
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    If I go with the second option I was going to do a decorative staircase up to the playground area. It wont be more than a few steps but will give a nice and professional look to it.
     

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