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Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Clay Trussell, Jun 15, 2002.

  1. Clay Trussell

    Clay Trussell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Has anybody ever used recycled (tire) rubber mulch????
    How did it turn out????
  2. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    Tire mulch looks very nice. Have never used it. Much to expensive. Holds its color for years. They coat the shreaded tire with a brown color. Big magnets remove all the wire belting from the tires in the process.
  3. Clay Trussell

    Clay Trussell LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    Is there a place you can see this stuff on the Web
  4. williamslawn

    williamslawn LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 202

    It is not good for the plants it hold too much heat
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073


    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    One of my suppliers is selling it and quite a bit of it too ... They have a display set up and all sorts of colors, like blue, red, green, black , brown, etc.. It looks really nice , but I think its' primarily geared toward playgrounds ? dont think it would hold moisture, but it , I would Think ? , would help retain moisture in the soil ? I dont know about retaining heat ?? Dont believe that rubber holds heat long ?? The info I read on the rubber mulch said it was ideal for planting s etc ????? But yeah , It's too expensive for my clients......
  7. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073


    Only time I've seen it is in playground areas, and I'm talking about 'high end' homes with the playground set that costs more than most cars.

    Can't see it being within many budgets. Also, I would hate to have to do any replanting in a area with the stuff. Would have to be used in places where you now nothing is going to change for a long time.

  8. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 472

    The stuff is higher in cost but it does not compost rapidly (if at all). You don't need to renew this stuff every year like bark mulch. That should improve the ecomonics for this product. I've placed a sample in my landscape as a test. It looks like standard mulch. It has not faded like standard mulch. But I don't know if I would use it in my landscapes?

    I think it does make sense in playground areas. Heavier than bark or shredded wood mulch, therefore, less apt to move around. Less prone to washouts? It seems to be a good cushion to fall on. Not a hard material that could get into the eyes of kids rolling in the stuff. Not going to produce slime molds or mushrooms in the middle of the play area after a rain.

  9. robert payer

    robert payer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    The other day I had inquired about the price of rubber mulch. The company e-mailed and quoted $450.00 per ton. HOW EXPENSIVE! I would rather sell a normal bark mulch job and up sell planting improvements for that kind of money.
  10. JML

    JML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    hey scape,

    where in nj can you get this stuff at?



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