Mulch catching on fire...any alternatives??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by MSS Mow, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    I have a retail location where cigarette butts are catching the mulch on fire. Any suggestion as for an alternative to the mulch that would be more resistant to the fire???

  2. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,738

    Place a sniper on the roof top. J/K. Rubber mulch won't ignite as quick but will end up all over the parking lot.
  3. Deererunner

    Deererunner LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 322

    Gravel such as river rock or 3/4 granite chips. Or you could put those cigarette butt collectors out at the property.
  4. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    There are no less than 6 "butt collectors" at this property. Still, there are people who toss them out their car windows when pulling in to use the drive-thru, not to mention the ones who live here who don't care and still toss them on the ground, right beside the butt collectors.

    Is there something that can be sprayed on mulch to reduce it's flammability?

    We have talked about crushed stone but I'm not certain that is the best solution. Any further thoughts on this option??? There are shrubs and perennial plants throughout the beds.

    Rubber mulch is not something these folks want to use.

    Thanks for ideas so far guys! Anything else to consider??
  5. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    Boric acid is what's used to make cellulose insulation resistant to flame.
    You could mix it up in a spray and apply to the mulch, but it's probably not healthy for the plants. I think it would be best if applied to the mulch before the mulch is put down, and left with time to soak in and dry, rather than get into the ground.
  6. nickslawnltd

    nickslawnltd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 169

    I think stone is probably your only and best option with the issue your having.
  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    I know this seems painfully obvious, but water???
  8. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 450

    :hammerhead: Yeah, I meant something that I could spray ONCE and be done with it, not have to spray it every day. But you're right, water would work. LOL

    I come across this flamestop product which is what I meant.

    Anyone use this or something similar??
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    What kind of mulch is it?

    If it's not good double/triple ground hardwood mulch, then your going to have problems.

  10. nolatoolguy

    nolatoolguy LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 105

    I would go with rock or stone in that area then

    Gosh if only people were considerate when they smoke

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