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Rubber Mulch

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by kris77, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Aug 25, 2010 at 4:54 AM
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    kris77

    kris77 [OP] Born in the Backwoods

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    Just got finished putting this stuff down yesterday. Its actually pretty neat.

    Never have to mulch again, i'll tell ya that.

    30 yr color warranty. 99% weed free. Pretty awesome stuff.
     
  2. Aug 25, 2010 at 5:23 AM
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    There is only one thing I don't like about it......the cost. It's probably ground up old tires and they want $9 bag for it. If it were cheaper, I would replace all of my wood mulch with it.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2010 at 5:31 AM
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    no joke on the cost factor! I used it around my kids playground. I took my trailer thinking that about 60 bags would do it. After spreading it and seeing I WAY underestimated, I started feeling like I was spreading dollar bills around on the ground for my kids to play in. 50 more bags later (110 total) it finally had a decent base. Ended up costing me more than my kids playground itself.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    I've thought about it as well, but the cost turned me off.
     
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    well, my thoughts on rubber mulch are not so positive. (edit: unless used on playgrounds as aggie97 said) rubber mulch doesn't offer any benfits to the soil which in turn doesn't offer any benefits to the plants. a good mulch should add nutrients back into the ground as they decompose. sure, you have to put down natural mulch more often but the ecological beneifits are mch better. not all mulches are created equal. good reading on mulch: http://ktrh.com/pages/gardenline_newsletter/2010/gardenline_4-8-10.htm
     
  6. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:48 AM
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    I went from pea gravel in the flower beds to this rubber mulch. 60 bags = 700$ First person in my town to do it. City paid for half, local college paid for most of the rest. Using my house as an example for other ppl. Some big kick about trying to beautify the town.

    No weeds, never have to touch it again. Ended up paying like 125$ out of pocket for it.

    So cost wasn't a factor for me.
     
  7. Aug 30, 2010 at 4:52 AM
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    That's awsome! I wish I could get some city/college money to pay for some rubber mulch. Got any pics??
     
  8. Aug 30, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    Just finished it up yesterday. Have to take pics to send in to the paper and all that happy stuff for the city. Too tired yesterday to take any.

    I had to rake and shovel all that pea gravel up. Lay down more weed barrier, she wanted to curve the border instead of leaving it straight like it was, so i had to install a curved border and then replant grass seed where the curve was, and on top of that, i still had to lay the mulch. And we got half red and half brown, so i had to mix it in a wheelbarrow first before i laid it down.

    Pretty time consuming, but i think it looks good. I'll post the pics later this week.
     
  9. Aug 30, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    Sounds like a great idea but probably WAY too expensive for my taste.
    How much of that stuff for a full scoop?

    Wouldn't that stuff get extremely 'hot' ?? Would it evaporate the moisture because of the heat?


    Although, the one good thing about regular mulch - is that it breaks down and becomes the soil which I would assume, is good for the plants (adding to the soil).
     
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