i hate rubber mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by tailboardtech, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    As I sit here on my customers porch avoiding the pouring down rain I have came to that conclusion. I got the job of removing rubber mulch from a long time customer of mine front flower bed that she put in. The rubber (died dark brown) got hot enough this summer that it killed the plants and now she wants it gone. So far my pants and my hands a dyed brown from the paint coming off. Thank goodness I didn't put this stuff down. Ok rant over
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  2. K-OS

    K-OS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Mmmm sounds like some biological goodness
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  3. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    Putting it down is a easier than removal. I hate that stuff and charge more!
  4. DavesLL

    DavesLL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 48

    I think LCOs hate it because they know they won't be remulching that bed anytime soon. I hate laying mulch, and hate setting my clients up for remulching (which most of them don't realize will happen; they think mulch will last forever); so I usually recommend they go with either rock or the rubber mulch.

    Most of them love it; they like the idea of longevity. I've gotten good referrals and extra business with stuff like this. Clients react well to me not soaking them.
  5. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    And I see that your clients do not care about their plant's health care.
  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa Inactive
    Messages: 1,660

    It is true I give a fact sheet with each mulch bid, this tells the clients what to expect. Ofcourse if they don't read it then they are surprised the next season when it needs to be dressed up.
  7. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    I have a client that's wants it for a playground. I'm in Maryland on the Eastern Shore and having problems finding a supplier.
  8. Less1sM0re

    Less1sM0re LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    The only place that rubber mulch should be installed is in a play ground. the stuff is crap in flower beds. Not only is it bad for plants after a while so much debris collects in it looks bad. Rock is also bad alternative for plants because it gets colder in the winter and hotter in the summer than the actual surrounding ground. The real organic mulch made from plants is the best choice. By the way how is incorperating rubber into your yard organic?
  9. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    My issue is with the fact that it simply isn't natural. Granted, I like to think that all rubber mulch is made from recycled tires, but honestly, there's got to be a better use for recycled tires. Unless I'm mistaken, hardwood mulch (and other natural mulches such as pine straw) are a renewable resource. Also, as it breaks down over time, it becomes nutrients for the plants resulting in healthier plants, who would not want that, even if you do have to freshen it every year (or sometimes twice a year).

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