Ideas/Opinions on Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by KCLawnCareService, May 21, 2012.

  1. KCLawnCareService

    KCLawnCareService LawnSite Member
    Messages: 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. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    saw it in a playground, very expensive, and was everywhere but where it was supposed to be, maintance people did not like it as they were always having to clean it up.
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,106

    Except for specific applications, I'm not a fan.

    At least regular mulch breaks down over time. Rubber is just going to sit there being rubber. It's not "natural", and other organic debris that would naturally mix in and break down will just look messy instead.

    Also, mulch shouldn't be "shiny".
  4. dc240nt

    dc240nt LawnSite Member
    from NW MN
    Messages: 79

    I had my deer exhibit sitting on it for three years at the MN State Fair. I didnt have a choice, the fair board put me there. This was crushed/shredded tires. The stuff was filthy! And like someone already mentioned, it was your shoes, in my exhibit, stuck in the door jams. I despised the stuff. Filthy when dry, filthy when wet. And what is the enviromental impact with the stuff? The stuff isnt going to rot away, if it ever does break down it has to dispose of it petroleum byproducts. I wouldnt want my kids playing on it for an extended period of time, and I wouldnt want it around my house either.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    what gets me about it is it's super expensive, so who do you see use it so much schools or government agencies using our tax money cause its too expensive for anyone else.
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    In the right applications it works well, Granted it is not natural and does not break down into the soil.

    It does effectively block many weeds when 3~4" thick.
    It is heavier than wood mulch so it actually does stay put better.
    I ran some numbers and the cost recovery is about 5 years. If you put it somewhere it gets foot traffic then you are wasting money.

    We contractors will make more money in labor installing wood mulch more often.

    I bet on some job sites at casual glance you would know some rubber mulch from wood mulch.
  7. KCLawnCareService

    KCLawnCareService LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Thanks for input. Sounds like most people are opposed to it more than people like it. I guess from a business standpoint one would want to remulch a persons place each year to make more money. I was just looking at a way to introduce a new product to my area, one that no one currently has. Also I really do not like to remulch my place each year and looked at it as a way to have a good eye appeal without adding mulch every year. Anyone out there use this material and actually like it?
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    I think it would rock in playgrounds where you have the fall concerns. Most places just use pea gravel however. :dizzy:
  9. SSmith

    SSmith Banned
    Messages: 447

    I've only seen it used in playgrounds. It's awesome for them, though.

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