How To Apply Mulch

landscape with rubbermulch

Whenever people talk about gardening basics, watering, fertilizing, and weeding instantly come to mind. Today, mulching has become an integral part of it. Its benefits go beyond prettifying a garden, because it offers significant reduction in weed presence, unparalleled moisture retention in soil, and keeping erosion at bay.

Of course, these benefits are present only if mulching is done right. If it’s your first time to mulch, here are some important steps to take.

First, choose the right mulch for your gardening needs. Some gardens need a lot of “movement”, as with vegetable patches and perennial plants. If the soil needs to be regularly composted, you will do best with organic mulches like grass, bark, and leaves. A semi-permanent gardening set-up can benefit from inorganic mulches like stone and shredded rubber.

It’s also a good idea to take weather conditions into consideration. For instance, windy days can blow away light pine needles, sawdust, and straw and make a mess instead of a neat garden.

Secondly, weed. Pull out all visible weeds, and take extra care not to scatter any spores from unwanted plants. Rake the area carefully, then spread a weed barrier over the soil to further prevent weeds from penetrating the mulch.

Next, calculate how much mulch you will need. You can avoid overspending or running out of mulch too soon. The appropriate mulch depth is at two inches, so if you’re mulching a six-feet by three-feet flower bed, you will need around three cubic feet of mulch.

Label newly-planted seeds. Use popsicle sticks with the names of the plants on them.This will keep your garden organized and easier to maintain should specific plants have special gardening needs. You would also want to avoid mulching over the seeds because they need space to grow.

watering plants

Then water all plants prior to mulching. All the plants, young or old, that you want to protect with mulch need to be watered before applying mulch on their bed. This is also the best time to add fertilizer.

Apply mulch carefully over the soil. Let the mulching begin! Take a trowel and carefully spread mulch in a two-inch depth over the weeded area. Take extra care not to pile up mulch at the base of plants because it can smother them. If mulching near fully grown trees, leave at least a diameter of three feet around the base mulch-free. If you want to smoothen out the mulch further, use a garden rake.

Now you have a garden that retains moisture and fertilizer in the soil and roots where it needs them most – and you won’t have to worry about replenishing mulch everyday!

Resources:

http://northcoastgardening.com/2009/06/organic-gardening-101-mulch/

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/mulch/how-to-mulch/

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/lay-down-mulch-48172.html

 

Winter Uses for Rubber Mulch

snowy house and landscape

While others might find a blanket of snow on their gardens invigorating and fresh, many will likely associate it with back-breaking shoveling, allergies, and overall despair at the thought of slipping and sliding on snow – or of their precious plants dying in that icy onslaught. The good news is that rubber mulch has winter-time benefits, too.

Brighten up your landscape

Brightly colored rubber mulch can jazz up your winter landscaping with a myriad of colors you associate with your favorite season. Feel like extending summer or spring indefinitely? The cheery reds and yellows mixed with the vibrant greens of a rubber mulch pallet can recall a blooming, sunny garden even in the midst of a blizzard. Rustic browns and orange accents can summon autumn. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and creativity allow them to be.

Slip-proof your walkways

Rubber mulch offers the kind of traction that is beneficial if you have outdoor walkways and footpaths you frequently use. If you have bare, slippery walkways that will likely get rained or snowed on, you can introduce rubber mulch to them as early as fall. Doing this will make walking outdoors practically accident-free.

Battle garden molds and mildew

Unlike organic mulches, shredded rubber will discourage molds and mildew from wreaking havoc in your winter garden. Because it doesn’t decay or decompose, you won’t have to spend your winter holidays worrying how your garden will look after all that snow has melted. Also, rubber actually discourages weed germination.

Keep your plants disease-free

One unpleasant activity which winter can inherit from a careless autumn season is raking leaves. While the russets, golden-browns,and reddish-orange hues of fall are alluring, the leaves and foliage making up this palette can mean a soaked mat of potential diseases for your precious winter plants. If you’ve been a tad neglectful about raking fallen leaves, rubber mulch can be your friend. Occasional raking is all it needs to avoid contaminating your plants with fungi and diseases, or suffocating your lawn grass (something un-raked organic mulches tend to do).

The moody greys and off-whites of winter can make any garden or landscape (and anyone gazing at it) sad. Seasonal affective disorder is real, and a lot of it has to do with the mood-influencing sights, sounds, and sensations of cold weather. Fret not, because rubber mulch can save the (wintry) days in its own simple ways!

Termite Home Invasion Timeline

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  • Termite Invasion Timeline

Swarming

  1.      Termites turn into larger, sexually mature “swarmers” with wing buds.
  2.      Swarmers leave the nest by flying through mud tubes.
  3.      These mud tubes connect underground colonies to food sources such as wood materials in houses.
  4.      Termites called supplementary reproductives “back-up” the primary queen by producing extra eggs & expanding the colony’s foraging territory.
  5.      If the colony queen dies or if a part of the colony is isolated from the queen, supplementary reproductives take on the role of the queen.
  6.      As a colony increases in size, foragers form satellite colonies: They create tunnel systems in the soil.
  7.      These tunnels connect colonies to food sources such wood materials in houses.

Budding

Not-So-Fun-Facts

  •         Termites swarm throughout the warm season, but not as much as during springtime.
  •         Colonies may swarm multiple times. Later swarms do not match the intensity of the first swarm.
  •         Subterranean termites swarm during the day, although Formosan termites (a species of subterranean termite) swarm at night.
  •         Swarm flights are brief, aided by prevailing winds.
  •         Winged termites do not fly too far but can be carried great distances by strong wind.

3 ways to get rid of termites…

  1.   Set up a cardboard trap.

Take a couple flat strips of cardboard, wet them, and stack them on one another in an area where termites are likely to be. Because termites feed on cellulose (cardboard), this makes for an excellent spot trap. When the cardboard is infested with termites, take it out in a safe area and burn it. Repeat multiple times, if necessary.

  1.   Try beneficial nematodes.

Beneficial nematodes are small unsegmented worm species that are natural parasites to garden pests, including termites. These nematodes search for hosts, such as termite larvae, and burrow into them, usually causing death within 48 hours.

  1.      Use rubber in lieu of wood mulch. Zero food source=zero termites.

http://thebugskiller.com/termite-infestation-detection-solution-and-prevention-tips/

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/05/26/realestate/your-home-coming-to-terms-with-termites.html

http://www.termites101.org/termite-basics/colonies

 

Winter’s End Brings Playground Problems

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.

Information here and pricing direct here.

 

Rubber Mulch Beats the Stock Market

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!”

Playground Bonded Rubber Mulch Repairs

Earlier this week I received a call from a woman asking if “her handyman could repair her poured in place rubber mulch surface” with our DIY repair kits.  I was happy to tell her that “Yes, just about anyone can!”  Back to school playground repairs can be simple with our ready to use kits.

With budgets tight and time of the essence, our rubber mulch repair kits can be a real time saver and they are easy on the wallet.  If your playground has some torn or heavily worn spots all you need to do is carefully cut away the worn mulch, brush with the binder/glue, mix the rubber and the granules together, and trowel down.  Let stand overnight and your playground is in great shape.  Bonded rubber mulch repairs don’t have to take much time and certainly don’t need to cost a fortune-leaving you with some extra money in the budget for new playground equipment or upgrades.  Order today for quick shipping (usually same day) at shop.everlastrubbermulch.com.

 

 

Bonded Rubber Mulch-Back to School

We all know that budgets are tight and school playgrounds take a heck of a beating but that doesn’t mean safety should be sacrificed.  Bonded rubber mulch or poured in place surfaces have a tendency to wear thin or become torn over time.

Everlast Rubber Mulch has an innovative DIY repair kit for base layers and wear layers on worn school playgrounds.  Now you can cost effectively repair worn rubber mulch play surfaces and walkways.

Simply remove the old rubber mulch and binder by cutting the material with a sharp knife
Brush some binder on the area, and apply the mixed colored rubber mulch to the hole
Trowel off level and wait overnight for a fresh repaired surface

Simple, cost effective, and quick…just what you would expect from the “Nearly World Famous” Everlast Rubber Mulch.

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