Simple DIY Low Maintenance Flowers This Spring

gorgeous spring flowers

                                       Spring Flowers Add Color

care free hanging baskets

Care Free Hanging Baskets

One of my neighbors loves her spring flower baskets.

Unfortunately, her husband is ill and she was worried that she could not keep her flowers watered this year she needed an easy gardening solution.

Now she has drip irrigation forever more.

Most people know us as “the nearly world famous” rubber mulch folks.  Our products offer low maintenance solutions to mulch, weeding, and watering.  My neighbor knows we love low maintenance landscape solutions so she asked me to help her keep her flower baskets and pots looking great without the daily watering hassle.

Here is the solution:

  1. Plant flowers and use soil moist.  I won’t plant anything without it.  What is soil moist?  It is a soil additive that looks like granulated sugar.  It holds numerous times it’s weight in water. It swells up and retains water at the root level keeping your plants hydrated.  A small pinch will do and it is worth it’s weight in gold during hot summer months especially in hanging baskets that have a small amount of soil.
  2. Use drip irrigation.  Simply buy some black poly hose and string it through the branches or bury underground.  It is inexpensive and lasts for years.  Once this Sycamore fills out no one will ever know the irrigation is from above!

DIY irrigation for spring flowers

3. Install little barb fittings to connect 1/4″ hose to the pot waterer.  They come in many different forms.  Short and tall watering spikes that shoot water out in a fan, as a drip, or with a little adjustable sprinkler head like these that can shoot out up to 3′.

drip irrigation save water spring flowers

Drip Irrigation Saves Time and Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pick up a small battery powered timer that connects to a garden hose.  You will need an adapter to go from your garden hose to the black poly pipe.  The timer can be set to water any day or any time you like.  Now you can maintain your busy lifestyle and come home to gorgeous flowers all season long!

drip irrigation how to

One Adapter-Two Hose Clamps and a Piece of Old Hose Connects Your Hose to Poly Pipe

This is project makes a great mother’s day gift or project to enjoy with your kids.  I did 10 baskets for under $100 and it will be there for years to come.

 Now you can make it rain anywhere you want anytime you want.

UPDATE

A few weeks have gone by and now you can see how the drip irrigation and some Osmocote have helped!  Best thing is the owner has not done a bit of work!

flower bed with drip irrigation and rubber mulch

Low maintenance withe DIY irrigation and rubber mulch.

Pine Straw-Soon to be Banned?

synthetic pine staw in the landscape

The texture of pine straw without the expense of replacement.

Looking for a great looking alternative to rubber mulch?  Artificial pine straw may be your new favorite straw product.

Although relatively inexpensive, traditional pine straw has always had its downsides.  As some municipalities have found and others are investigating, natural pine straw can be very flammable.  Although not a top concern for the average homeowners, 6 houses were destroyed in Raleigh in 2010 due to a fire that spread quickly through pine straw used in landscape beds.  This prompted Raleigh to institute a pine straw ordinance prohibiting the use of pine straw in many common applications.  Other agencies in numerous states are currently examining the drawbacks of using this material.

Besides the fire threat, pine straw does need annual replacement and is prone to need mid season raking to maintain its color and uniform depth.

There is a standout product in the pine needle arena.  Artificial pine straw avoids the numerous drawbacks of using traditional pine straw as mulch or groundcover.  It lasts for years, retains it color year after year, and provides the same weed control properties.  Saving maintenance time and expense year after year.

Need an Alternative to Playground Rubber Mulch? Save Money with EWF

EWF Engineered Wood Fiber

Even though Everlast Kids Playground Rubber Mulch offers the best value in the rubber mulch industry, sometimes budgets prohibit it’s use.  Luckily there is another high quality playground safety surface alternative.  EWF.

What is EWF?  Engineered Wood Fiber is wood playground mulch made from select sources.  Typical wood mulch is produced under fairly loose quality control standards so you can think of engineered wood fiber as a high class high quality wood playground mulch.  The ASTM, used to be the  American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), develops standards for products and there is a standard by which all Engineered Wood Fiber must adhere to insuring that you receive the high quality wood playground material you purchase.

One issue all playgrounds with loose fill products have is rutting where the kids drag their feet.  Whether you use wood mulch or rubber mulch you can save time and maintain a safer playground by removing the trip hazards with rubber swing mats and rubber borders.

A great new patent pending product is Tie Guard!  

playground border repair

Cover those unsafe and unsightly borders!

If your playground uses railroad ties or similar for borders and they are showing their age now you can cover the tops with a rubber matt quickly and affordably.You can see our full line of rubber borders and mats here.

Over the years we have aligned ourselves with numerous quality minded raw material producers in both the recycled rubber and the wood fiber markets and today are proud to have products made by hard working Americans all over the U.S. If you have an upcoming project that requires a playground top off or new installation we would love to be a part of it.  For more info on wood products click here.

 

Rubber Mulch: Not the only use for scrap tires-diaper bags too!

recycled tire gifts

Show your recycling spirit!

Tire recycling has come along way in the last 15 years and we offer some great products made from tires and innertubes.  Most people know us for our great rubber mulch products but we also offer a complete line of home and office gifts perfect to show your commitment to recycling and bring a smile to someone’s face.  Just visit shop.everlastrubbermulch.com to see the complete lineup.  See our facebook page for a discount code!

Spring is Here! Check Out the Great Colors in Southern Alabama

white azaleas add an elegant touch to spring

Sheer Elegance

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Who needs groundcover with a display like this?

This weekend I had the great fortune of meeting some great people and seeing some great spring color in Southern Alabama along Mobile Bay.  We were visiting some of our Everlast Rubber Mulch customers and some friends. Everywhere we went we were greeted with huge splashes of great Southern landscape designs.

Azaleas of all types:  Gerbing, Southern Charm, Solomon’s, Formosa, Fashion, Double Reds, and more.

Color in the landscape creates curb appeal, increases your enjoyment of your property, and provides some true hope for change.  Color can leave an indelible mark on your outlook, attitude, and perspective.

Rubber mulch provides a rare tool to add a long lasting vibrant backdrop to your artistic landscape creations.  Red rubber mulch contrasts with your green foliage, brown rubber mulch provides a dark backdrop to create formal gardens, and our own Southern Cypress can add a neutral balance to help provide some transition between lush green lawns and colorful landscapes.

No matter how you choose to add some color to your landscape this year just be sure that you do…..colors change with the seasons but the wait is worth it!

rubber mulch color alternative

Incredible

Rubber Mulch Contest-Can You Solve the Riddle?

Rubber Mulch Contest

Rubber Mulch Contest

Rubber Mulch Contest Starts Today!

What do MOSI, rubber mulch, and robots have in common?  Solve the riddle and post your answer to our facebook page and win dinner for two.  

No cheating!  Associates of MOSI not eligible to win.  Restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.

Pour In Place Safety Surfacing Doesn’t Have to Be Torn Up

pour in place failure

Don’t Tear it All Out-Patch It

Pour in Place playground surfacing is the Cadillac of safety surfaces.  Consisting of one or two layers of rubber material bonded together with a urethane binder.  Unfortunately, over time the binder hardens and shrinks and can develop trip hazards and targets for youngsters to pull and further damage the surface.

Unlike Everlast Playground Rubber Mulch this is an expensive surface and removing and replacing the playground safety surface is not only very expensive, but is also very disruptive for the facility.

Now there is an “overnight” alternative to reduce the trip zones, enhance the worn appearance of the pour in place (PIP) surface, thereby reducing liability and further damage.

A simple pour in place repair kit ready mixed in a 5 gallon pail.  Simply remove the loose and worn surface by creating clean edges with a razor knife, pour in, trowel down, and presto you are back in business.  All of our low maintenance and easy to install products are available at shop.everlastrubbermulch.com where you will find rubber landscape mulch, rubber playground mulch, rubber mats and borders, all attractively priced and ready to ship.

pour in place alternative to rubber mulch

Other Colors Available

 

Free Shipping and Rubber Mulch-Ends Tonight?

rubber mulch free shipping

The best price to everyone every day.

Our mission at Everlast Rubber Mulch is to provide people with a product that performs as advertised and reduces stress for the average homeowner and facilities manager.  The time you gain every year when using our products for many is invaluable.

My passion for rubber mulch started back in 1998 when my son, then a toddler, was eager to play every Sunday afternoon.  Unfortunately, my landscape was very demanding as I had a large bed with cypress mulch that had become a weed factory and needed to be weeded every week-sometimes taking a couple of hours.  After I installed rubber mulch my Sundays were free again . He and I played many board games on those days and although over the years I was able to win many a battle- today I don’t stand a chance when playing Halo with him-he dominates to say the least.

So what does free shipping on rubber mulch have to do with stress?  At shop.everlastrubbermulch.com we give every customer in every state the best possible price we can when delivering rubber mulch to your home or jobsite.  For many states we are able to offer free shipping on all of our products and you will never find that our free shipping ends tonight, tomorrow, or soon.  So don’t worry if you see an ad that tries to rush you into a rubber mulch purchase-there is probably a reason they are pushing you to buy today….and you probably know why now that you have found us!

Rubber Mulch and Potato Chips-Something in Common?

Rubber Mulch Complaints

Rubber Mulch and Potato Chips

No one likes to open a fresh bag of potato chips only to find that the chips are crushed.  Even though I like to make the end of a Doritos bag go a little further by crushing them I hate crushed chips.

One of the biggest complaints we hear about landscape and playground rubber mulch from consumers that have tried other brands is the fact that their is so much powder and crumb rubber in the bag.  The extra “fluff” in each bag of rubber mulch is simply a waste of money and the tiny bags available at most chain stores don’t cover enough area to justify the installation time and expense.

We strive to give you the best value in rubber mulch products and that’s why we offer you rubber mulch price comparisons right in our shopping cart.  This way you can make an informed decision and be assured that not only are you buying a high quality playground or landscape product but that you are receiving the best price on the web.  Everlast Rubber Mulch products are specifically designed for their intended use ensuring that you get exactly what you need.

 

More Than Just Rubber Mulch

 

rubber mulch and outdoor living products

Rubber Mulch and More

Most people know that Everlast Rubber Mulch was the original landscape rubber mulch product and that quality has been our hallmark from the beginning.  Utilizing high heat driers and providing a truly no bleed rubber mulch product in a variety of colors for over a decade.  Our lawn and garden experience goes back much further though, and our eye for quality products comes from hand picking plant material for our nursery from some of the finest growers in the U.S.

Today we offer a huge selection of quality products to enhance your outdoor living experience this spring.