rubber mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by skurtz78, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. skurtz78

    skurtz78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Do any of you use this mulch. I have never seen it in my area. I recently saw the rubber mulch at a home and garden show. It looked nice.
  2. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    they try and sell that stuff here. here it is just old tires cut up and dyed. Its supposed to be really durable etc. but it floats, looses color, and really hurts when the metal band from the tire gets stuck in your shin while line trimming. Im not sure if thats what your talking about but i didnt care for it too much.
  3. Rrjp111

    Rrjp111 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    Haven't used it looks nice I looked it up on the net pretty costly.
  4. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    not to mention that the plants dont get the benifits of
    - soil temperture control
    - added organic matter which when breaks into humus added nutrients to the soil
    - better water retention
    - pine mulch has some what of a pest control. not much but definatly better than hardwoods
  5. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    the rubber mulch does super in playgrounds but I don't think I'd want it for landscaping.

    GEO :)
  6. Hard Worker

    Hard Worker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    GEO is it clear of any steel bands? Just wondering when the first lawsuit would stem from a kid getting cut with this stuff. We only have one place close that I know of that sells the stuff and havent seen any spread yet, just curious. By the way what part of the state are you from?:waving:
  7. mrbray101

    mrbray101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    i think there might be rubber mulch that isnt made from tires, but down here all i see is the tire chunks, you cant really tell until you look closely and read that your mulch is 255/60/15 and made by michelin. Ive noticed that the "tire shreds" are even more expensive here than pine mulch, or the other wooded mulch.
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    rubber mulch from everlast or a similar company is 99.99% wire free. they grind it in a way that removes the rubber from the carcass but not the wire. Then they run the mulch under very strong magnets to collect all the mulch that did get some wire in it. Buy a bag. $10-14 and try to find some metal.

    There are also two choices in texture, double grind, looks like shredded cypress or coarse grind. Looks like a goodyear tire puzzle.

    I find it to be a good alternative to rock for many people. similar price but much easier on the labor front and the enviromentally conscious people are very glad to be recycling.

    Here organic mulch runs from $18 - 30 a yard rubber mulch runs from $155 to 240 per yard.
  9. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    we tried it a few times an it burned the roots balls like no tommorrow i had several plants die so i never used again. the stuff attracts major heat an that root structure cant handle them temps hope that helps see ya
  10. Doug Z.

    Doug Z. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Alright, there are too many misconceptions about the rubber mulch. I've been working with it for five years now, and given the choice, there is nothing else I would install.
    For starters, I will give you the fact that you dont get any composting value from it, but that is as far as I will go on the negatives that you guys have pointed out. All of a sudden, there are a bunch of people trying to make it, and they dont know anything about doing it. They take the tires, chunk them, and color them, and call them rubber mulch. Rubberific mulch has taken the time and done some research on the material. As for the negatives pointed out, rubbermulch is 5 times heavier than wood mulch, so it does NOT float, it does not hold the moisture in the mulch, like regular mulch does, but instead it lets the moisture into the soil, and helps hold the moisture there, Rubberific uses a UV protectant, so the mulch will only get 2 to 3 degrees warmer than it is outside. For this reason, and others, the government has rated it the safest product you can use in playgrounds. I have put it in pereniall gardens, and have had no ill effects. Also, rubberific mulch deters weeds and insects, unlike traditional wood mulch.
    This does not mean that I dont still use wood mulch, it does have its place, but if the budget is there, id use this any day. Any other questions, you can check my web page, or email me.

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