How do flowers do in rubber mulch?
One of our commercial clients sent us this photo of one of their landscape beds loaded with Day Lillies.
A common landscape issue is the buildup of leaves in landscape beds. Although the issue is primarily aesthetic, often leaf material is a problem around pools and sidewalks.
So what are the realities with rubber mulch and leaf removal?
Smaller nugget brands of rubber mulch and shredded rubber mulch are the hardest to work with if you are using a leaf blower. The particle sizes are simply too small to stand up to a 200 mph leaf blower. Many years ago we introduced a one inch mulch product in part due to the fact that in Florida we have a lot of pin oaks, live oaks, laurel oaks, and elm trees that shed a lot of material.
With smaller leaf species you will have to work at it but you will be able to remove 80% of the leaf material with a blower worked from multiple angles; it will take some time though.
Larger leaves are pretty quick and easy if they are dry and should lift out in seconds.
Pine needles are like velcro and due to their thin shape they do not have much of a surface for the air to lift them.
In situations where leaf material may be an issue it is best to use a rubber mulch color that is natural such as our Southern Cypress or use a base color and sprinkle a bit of our southern cypress rubber mulch over the top to help hide leaf material that gets trapped.
No mulch is perfect for every situation but selecting the right product is the first step to having a low maintenance yard. We try to represent our products for real world situations. If you have any questions use the handy chat at the lower right of your screen.
Every day here in the nursery we are asked about proper mulching techniques. Whether you are using wood or rubber mulch here are some things to keep in mind this spring. By the way if you would to see what we do in the nursery check out our facebook page for some pretty plants.
Thick layers of wood mulch once rotten and matted will actually shed water away from your plants. The negatives of “volcano mulching” around trees have been widely discussed but even a thick mat of rotten wood can harbor fungus and not be permeable for water to transfer.
Some varieties of trees do not like moisture held against the bark, this will cause the bark to fall off and expose the cambium layer. This will expose the living cambium layer and promote fungus and insects eventually killing the tree.
You can install rubber mulch over wood mulch within reason. If the wood mulch is nearly gone use what is left to level the landscape bed as this will help you put the rubber mulch down evenly and help you achieve the coverage rate listed on the bag. Here at Everlast we state that you will get 7 to 7.5 square feet of coverage per bag with our landscape rubber mulch and that is a real world coverage. Be aware that there are other brands that have stretched the coverage rate to “near perfect” installation practices and you will in reality need more than the calculator tells you.
Rubber mulch installed over wood mulch will work fine as long at the finished level of the mulch is not spilling out into your yard or sidewalk. We recommend that the finished level of any mulch is one to two inches lower than the border. This helps to keep mulch from migrating out of the bed via foot traffic, pet traffic, and weed eaters.
One of our favorite rubber mulch colors is our Southern Cypress. This color hides leaves and is very natural in appearance. Many of our customers have sprinkled a bit on their red or brown rubber mulch if they are installing the product under trees that spew a ton of leaves.
If you have been looking at our rubber mulch product while polishing your snow shovel now is the time to act. As our mulch season kicks in and we become deluged with orders our winter mulch pricing ends. Keep an eye out for Facebook specials throughout the spring there will be promotions for playground rubber mulch and landscape rubber mulch. Check out our borders and mats too!
With winter snow melting and the spring rainy season on it’s way, it is time to start thinking about how to keep your playgrounds safe and reduce maintenance time and costs. A quick tune up of some key areas can pay big dividends for the rest of the year. Kids love to drag their feet when swinging and they will inevitably leave a rut at the bottom of the slide. A quick and easy solution for loose fill mulch; wood or rubber mulch-is to install swing mats under the equipment.
Divits and holes hold water and create trip hazards resulting in playground injuries. Parents, grandparents, and managers will find that kids stay cleaner and safer when mats are installed.
We offer two styles of swing mats and they are very affordable check it out in our store.
As the snow melts, playground and daycare providers are finding that their play areas have been ravaged this winter. Some of the hardest hit are bonded rubber mulch play surfaces that have been affected by hard freezes. Potholes, torn patches, and divits are now a problem and luckily we have a cost effective DIY solution.
Our ready to use pour in place repair kits are extremely popular as our customers do not have to call a repair crew, schedule a playground closing, and can save money.
Available in most popular colors and ready to play on after an overnight cure.
This morning as I take questions from customers all over the U.S. about our rubber mulch products and I am reminded of why I started this company. As I have mentioned before, many years ago I often had to weed my landscape weekly which took valuable time away from my then toddler son. I hated having to control my “weed farm” which was is what I had every time it rained. Not only did I no longer have to weed my beds but better yet I haven’t mulched in 15 years.
I haven’t had to wait for a sale, drive to a chain store, stand in line, lug heavy wet bags of smelly half rotten wood mulch home, and when finished find a “coupon to go back and get more” in the not so distant future when it washes out and fades.
I estimate that I have saved well over $2000.00 and hundreds hours of labor! Not a bad return on my initial investment of $1000.00 on rubber mulch.
Here is something you never hear:
“mulch beats the stock market!”