Rubber mulch for use in landscaping has been growing in popularity over the last decade or so. It offers a great deal of versatility and helps to relieve landfills of an overabundance of used tires. A win for gardeners and a win for the planet. There are many potential uses for rubber mulch and a list of pros and cons to keep in mind as well, including those listed below.
How to Use Rubber Mulch
For landscaping purposes, rubber mulch can be a great way to add uniform beauty to landscaped areas around the home. It is also a great tool to use in and around play equipment for children as it provides some degree of shock absorption for trips and falls. For gardening, rubber mulch is not recommended to use in vegetable gardens as there may be chemicals that can contaminate food. However, for green plants and flowers, it can be a great tool for aiding in water retention in order to keep the ground moist.
The Pros of Using Rubber Mulch
There is a long list of reasons to include rubber mulch in your gardening and landscaping efforts. The reasons listed below are a few of the highlights.
- No termites or carpenter ants. Just like its namesake, rubber mulch is made of rubber and not wood, which attracts these insects, so instead it has a tendency to repel these insects.
- It’s heavier than wood and non-porous. That matters because it doesn’t have the tendency to float or blow away in the wind the way wood mulches can. This helps to protect your investment over time.
- It’s long-lasting. Wood mulches break down and decompose so that it must be replaced season after season. Rubber mulch, on the other hand, does not. Quality rubber mulch can last up to ten years before it needs to be replaced.
The Cons of Using Rubber Mulch
While there are many positive reasons to consider rubber mulch, there are also a few negative things to keep in mind before you decide to use it.
- Rubber mulch is expensive. Even knowing that it can last up to ten years, it costs more than regular wood mulch.
- Its odor. Just as the fragrance repels insects, it can also be somewhat repulsive to humans too. The odor seems to be considerably worse on hot days and with direct exposure to the sun.
- Potential dangers. While rubber mulch is often used in playground areas, the wires aren’t always fully removed, meaning that it can harm children or pets if you don’t purchase extremely high quality rubber mulch – even then, caution is warranted.
Rubber mulch can be a beautiful addition to landscaping and a useful addition to play areas for children when done right. These things will help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
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