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Rubber mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ColePyck, Apr 5, 2004.

  1. ColePyck

    ColePyck LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 208

    What do you guys think, if not familar, do a search on rubber mulch and it will come it. looks about 3 times as expensive as regular mulch.
  2. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,381

    Junk!!!!!!!!!!! That's where it came from.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Part of the reason to use mulch is it breaks down into useable materials for the soil and plants. Rubber will not do that. Most of that is old tires.
  4. Ax Man

    Ax Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    The rep explained it as a product for playgrouds.
    It stays where it is put, is resilient for rough landings off of slides, swings and "monkey bars".
    it is supposed to last 9 years.
    I will continue to use bark mulch for plantings.
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Around here, it's $ 10-12.00 a cubic foot, so we will continue to use wood chips for all our play area installs...:eek:
  6. Strawbridge Lawn

    Strawbridge Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    The whole mulch thing us a fascinating issue when it comes to homeowners. Mulch has a specific purpose, but most people don't want it for that purpose because it costs to much to keep looking good year round. Rubber mulch has come on as an option for those people. Lava Rock is very similar, and IMO the best alternative to no maintenance scapes.
    The mulch dyers are big because folks do not want to pay to refresh their beds twice a year IMHO.
    Sooo the options are vast and more and more leading away from the purpose mulch was intended for.

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