Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jeffslawnservice, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 830

    Looking for some input on rubber mulch. I have read a few threads on here regarding it and found some pro's and con's about it. Currently in this bed are 3-4 inch river rock and the homeowner said they have been having problems with the dogs going to the bathroom on it and its hard to clean up. Also weeds and crickets hiding in the rocks. So one of my ideas was rubber mulch since there are only flower pots around the area and not any plants actually in the ground. Besides for rubber mulch I was thinking pea gravel, regular mulch (customer did want a very low maintenance solution and the area is not very accessible.) and some sort of ground cover. This area is around the perimeter of a very very small patio. If anyone has any input to rubber mulch or any other options I would gladly appreciate the input.
  2. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Charlestown, RI
    Messages: 1,041

    I cannot imagine trying to scoop dog crab off of rubber mulch. If the gardens are in a shadey area, or if there are enough bushes to produce local shade in the garden try a good hardy ground cover like packysandra (sp)
  3. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    local school was doing construction and redid a playground, its got to be a biggest mess I have ever seen, blows out, kids scatter it out of area, gets in in kids shoes, parents don't like it.. I think they regret going with it now. Oh yes and very expensive.
  4. tailboardtech

    tailboardtech LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Search my name and read my post I made back in the summer about it I absolutely love the stuff .......... Yea right!
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  5. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    I have a couple of lawns with rubber mulch and just hate it. Dogs love to roll around in it and is get all over the place they should teach their dogs not to crap in it just as easy as teaching them not to crap in the house. If they don't like natural wood I like the look of stones but small stones will give you the same problem if they get out of the beds its a pain to clean up and you don't want them in places your cutting.
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    It kind of looks wierd, the town used it in their round abouts and we shall see what it looks like after a Wisconsin winter.
    Bottom line for me is that it reduces my bottom line. Its a hard sell because it is quite expensive but aside from that people aren't used to it. I like replenishing their mulch every 2 years or so and that makes my pockets happy. I do not want anything to do with rubber mulch.
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    the only ones I see using it is government agencies (schools) or organizations getting government money as nobody else can afford the stuff.
  8. H & M Yard Improvements

    H & M Yard Improvements LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    OMG I hate Packysandra, such a pain in the ass when doing leaf clean ups! I like them about as much as I like Forsythia!
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    Rubber mulch smells horrible and is a bad idea for residential customers. The only time I'd ever use it is on playgrounds.
  10. Mudly

    Mudly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    packysandra isnt as bad as myrtle for cleanups.

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