Five Different Types of Gardening

balcony garden

Gardens can be as unique as a person’s fingerprint – from the typical backyard vegetable plots to the manicured gardens of Versailles. They’re born out of different needs: beautification, as food source, for recreational pursuits, and others.

Gardens are as diverse in looks as they are in purpose, as evidenced by the following different types of gardening. Which one is for you?

Vertical

This kind of garden uses not just the plant beds and horizontal surfaces of a yard, but also its walls and other vertical spaces. Vertical gardening is popular among those who don’t have space for a full garden, like apartment dwellers. It also allows a creative way to enjoy the benefits of a perennial garden while beautifying an unattractive wall or fence.

A vertical garden usually has a frame to hold the fabric layer, the plants, and the garden’s entire irrigation system. Many homes are employing this space-saving technique to gardening, but a lot of public spaces like building facades and the walls of parks and thoroughfares also showcase it.  

Container

Tiled patios, wooden porches, and other surfaces that can’t accommodate vegetable plots and flower beds are well-suited for container gardening. Containers can range from plastic to ceramic pots, and even organic vessels like coconut husks and eggshell halves. It’s the garden type of choice for many beginning gardeners, or those who want to grow a select group of plants, like herbs or blooms.

Raised plant beds framed by wood, plastic, stone, or rubber borders also fall under the container gardening category. Those who prefer their outdoor garden space to feature landscaping elements and wish to segregate their vegetable, herb, or curated plants use this technique to mark them off as separate from the ornamentals.

Indoor

This type of gardening has become an integral part of interior decorating in the same way landscaping has with outdoor design. Many homes have incorporated “indoor-friendly” plants in their living spaces to help purify the air, add a touch of nature, and also as statement pieces.

On a more practical note, windowsill gardening and plants grown on a dedicated ledge, table, bench, or counter help supply kitchen pantries while keeping the temperature even for the plants no matter what the season is. Some plants need to have their seeds sown and take root indoors before being transplanted outside, as they can be too fragile for chilly or hot weather, or could develop rot quickly if unsupervised.

Water

Water gardening combines decorative and botanical elements to create a whimsical touch to exterior and interior spaces. Ponds, fountains, and tanks are some popular examples of this type. Those who want their water garden to be permanent have it integrated in their outdoor design by a contractor, as with constructions of elaborate ponds and waterfall features. However, a tub or a tank will work fine on porches, patios, and other outdoor spaces, as well.

The secret to a successful water garden is to make it look as natural as possible. The water also has to be protected from freeze, algae, and pests. Popular plants for water gardening include many types of water lilies and lotus, hyacinth, duckweed, and other floating types.

Community

A community garden is a single piece of land tended to by different people. They are often found in special sections of public parks and other spaces, or in the middle of an apartment complex or shared living facility. Its main purpose is to bring people together through cooperation and the shared benefits of a garden – whether it’s the beautification of a public space, for social gatherings, or to share the “fruits” of a harvest together.

Vegetable and fruit gardens are popular for community gardening because people can see just how successfully they’ve grown their own food. Flower gardens are ideal for quiet spaces like parks, hospitals, libraries, and other public spaces where people come to sit and think. Community gardens bring people together and give them a sense of purpose and pride, which is why many local cause-oriented groups include them in their list of projects.

Rubber Mulch Border Options

rubber mulch border

Rubber Curbs were created to stay true to the mission of providing added safety in playgrounds. A durable product that is easy to install and use, the rubber border keeps surfacing from escaping the playground while helping to keep any foreign objects out.

Another awesome thing about it is that you can use it for other home projects. Along with rubber mulch, here are a few ideas you might want to consider for your own backyard projects in the new year.

Landscape edging

Because they will not rot or attract insects and rodents, and they require less maintenance than their organic counterparts, both rubber borders and mulch make ideal landscape edging. Rubber Curb products are interlocking and come with pre-drilled holes with hardware and caps included, so installing them is a cinch. They are available in 4 foot length by 4” height, and 6 foot lengths and 4”, 6” and 8” heights to fit any backyard specifications. Paired with brown rubber mulch, the natural-brown tone of these rubber borders will blend with any surface color.

Walkway

With resilient rubber curbs, you can save a lot of time and money on expensive paving stones and cement. Simply install them on the ground and fill up with rubber mulch for a slip-proof and attractive pathway. You can make the borders curved for an interesting design, then line them with blooms and plants for a natural look. Run some weatherproof rope lighting along the rubber edging to line up the path for safety at night.

Raised garden bed

Protect your blooms, herbs, and produce with rubber bordered raised garden beds. The stackable design of Rubber Curbs allows you to have as high a garden bed as you like before filling it up with soil and mulch. You will end up with smooth, seamless, splinter free borders that  won’t warp or get discolored as seasons change.

“French” drain

It might sound fancy, but a French drain actually serves the very practical purpose of funneling rainwater away from your garden. Too much water during a heavy storm can drown plants if it hits them directly. To address this, rubber borders can be installed in the ground like a ditch, inset with a perforated pipe, and then covered with gravel or rubber mulch. This set-up can also protect the foundation of your home as it funnels the water away to a drain, or to somewhere you can collect it for reuse.

 

Resources:

http://www.rubberecycle.com/rubber-curb.php

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/landscape-edging/

 

Summer Brings Weeds Even in Rubber Mulch

Even though our rubber mulch products can reduce weed growth by up to 95%, weeds can be difficult to control especially if they are not addressed properly.  Tips for installation are here.

Proper landscape bed preparation is key to a low maintenance garden.  This includes identifying the soil conditions and weed seed prior to mulching and acting accordingly. Pre-emergents are immensely helpful in cutting down new weed growth encouraged by fresh mulch and the moisture it will retain.

Once new rubber mulch is installed, proper weed identification is key to eradicating them. In the South, we often see a long ropy grass that we know as “torpedo grass”.  This plant is an invasive weed and is difficult to kill as standard glyphosate (Round Up) based products have little to no effect.  We have found that diquat and glyphosate applied multiple times over a ten day period will knock this plant down if not kill it completely.

Another invasive difficult to control weed is nutsedge.  This weed has to be treated with a product specifically designed for it.  The plant has underground nutlets that turn in to new plants when the main plant is pulled…..again glyphosate is ineffective against this variety.

Unfortunately, the world is an incredibly diverse place and plants are very persistent as we have all seen weeds growing through concrete and asphalt!  There are no silver bullets for landscape weed control and selecting the proper tools to control invasive weeds is key.  Rubber mulch will perform as advertised when applied properly and is a huge step towards creating a low maintenance landscape.

Natural Beauty is Tough to Beat

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Even though we all see red/orange wood mulch seemingly everywhere and at times it can be a bit garish, the good news is there are other options for mulch colors.

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.

brown rubber mulch with stone and flowers.

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!”

Planning For a Low Maintenance Spring

While most of the country is experiencing bitter cold and many are up to their eyeballs in snow, each year it seems that winter will last forever.  But we know that’s not true and once the ice melts and the warm days of spring arrive it’s usually off to the races.

Spring break, vacations, home repairs, final leaf cleanup, and the dreaded spring cleaning usually take precedence over getting our landscape beds back in shape.  Then the dreaded re mulching process starts.  Here in our nursery when people ask “What is the best type of wood mulch” interpreted as “which one lasts longer” I tell them that “the only thing you will find in the bottom of a bag of wood mulch is a coupon to come back and get more.” 

However, with a little pre-planning- spring landscape chores can be a lot easier.

No matter what type of mulch you use, do yourself a favor and pick up some pre-emergent weed seed killer.  Once the weather breaks take an hour or so and get it down. Their are various types: some that last 30 days and some that lasts for a couple of months.  If your landscape beds are exposed and your mulch is thin and you are not going to remulch for a while, use a longer lasting chemistry.

Pick up some glyphosate based weed killer and once the weather is in full spring, spray the weeds that are already growing to keep them from going to seed.

Choose a mulch and get those beds covered.  Here in the nursery I sell multiple types of wood mulch and my opinion on the value of them is not too high.

Of course we sell Rubber Mulch (for over 15 years) and our customers love it.  Not only do they love the rich vibrant colors but more than that they love the fact that this may be the last time they ever mulch again.  Many of our customers moved to Florida for a low maintenance lifestyle and unfortunately growing grass is extremely challenging in our extreme climate.

Each year we see repeat rubber mulch customers who are tired of fighting the turf war and end up creating more low maintenance landscaping with our rubber mulch.  Some even remove their entire lawn and simply install Everlast.

Whatever you use this spring plan ahead, save some time, and consider saving some money long term with our “Nearly World Famous” Everlast Rubber Mulch.rubber_mulch_comparison

Mulch For the Holidays and Spring

With the holiday season quickly approaching, who doesn’t want their property looking great for their in-laws and guests?  Now that the summer heat has let go it is a great time to mulch and save some money going forward.

Just think, you can make your home more attractive than ever and know that when the snow melts it will look just as great!  Everlast Rubber Mulch looks great year after year. Available in 7 rich and vibarant colors…colors that last.  Remember the old adage “the only thing you get with a pile of wood mulch is a coupon to go back and bet more”.  Mulching once with Everlast Rubber Mulch not only reduces weed growth but also keeps your landscape budget working for you.  Next spring you can buy more annuals and perennials, enjoy your weekends by not having to mulch, and forget about lugging bags or wheelbarrows once or twice a year across the lawn!

We can ship direct via our online store or find a dealer near you.

Don’t forget that every bag of Everlast Rubber Mulch reduces landfill use…recycling at its best!

red landscape rubber mulch in garden

Colorfast Over a Decade and No Weed Block Expense!

Why Rubber Mulch is Colorfast

Red Wood Mulch After  Rain

Wood Mulch After a Rain

One of the best characteristics of rubber mulch for landscapes and playgrounds is the way it is colored.  Various companies use different methods but the general concept is the same.

Mulch colorant 101……

Wood mulch is colored using a colorant that is more like a stain than a coating.  Wood mulch absorbs colorant based on how dry it is, how open the cells are, how much colorant is applied, and how long it is allowed to soak.

Wood mulch can only hold it’s color as long as the wood fiber is there to hold it.  In other words, as the wood mulch continues to decay, the color leaves with the wood fiber that falls away.

Everlast rubber playground mulch is coated with a colorant that includes a binder.  Since rubber will not absorb anything due to it’s closed cell nature, a binder must be used to adhere the pigment to the particle.  Everlast Kids Rubber Mulch utilizes automotive grade pigments with a world class binder to coat the rubber particles.  The color will last as long as the binder adheres to the rubber mulch and our products last up to 15 years in most weather conditions.  Everlast Rubber Mulch has been used from middle eastern desert environments to near tundra conditions and our products perform year after year.

Rubber Mulch doesn’t float either making sure your money stays put…..

Red Rubber Mulch in Landscape Bed

Colorfast-Won’t Float-Weed Resistant

Here in our nursery I like to say “at the bottom of every wood mulch pile is a coupon to come back and get more”.  If you are tired of mulching take a look at our products and find out why we are the “nearly world famous” rubber mulch.

Rubber Mulch-Heavy Rains-Reduce the Chances of Fungus

This time of year we are asked daily if “rubber mulch will float”.  One of the original reasons we started with rubber products here in our nursery was the fact that it does not float.  Rubber is heavier than water and with all of the rain we have had lately I suspect our wood mulch sales will increase significantly by summer’s end due to the material wash out and color fade typical in wood mulch.  This also applies to wood mulch used in playgrounds.  Spring wood mulch is starting to weather and will need to be freshened up for the fall…..keep an eye out for fungus.  Artillery fungus is another issue see post here.

Summer is a great time to install Everlast Rubber Mulch.  By removing years of decaying wood mulch from your landscape beds you can reduce the threat of fungus which will be very prominent especially in the South Eastern U.S. this summer.  Removing mulch fungus starts with removing organic wood mulch.  Rubber Mulch doesn’t hold any water and allows proper soil aeration greatly reducing the fungal threat in your landscape.  Installing rubber mulch now will guarantee that your fall and winter beds will look fantastic for visiting relatives during the holidays.

You can finally throw the coupon away-you know the coupon at the bottom of every wood mulch pile-“See you again!”

Rubber Mulch and Water Retention

landscape rubber mulch saves waterAsk any gardener or landscaper for mulch recommendations and you will certainly get an answer with some conviction and seldom will opinions match.  There are some universal truths to mulching though and general observation can tell us one universal truth.

Wood mulch that is applied year after year becomes rotten underneath and matted on top.  This leads to water shedding; water is directed away from the root zone and aeration of the root zone is greatly impacted.  Water simply can not penetrate a thick layer of matted wood mulch and therefore this is certainly a bad mulch practice.

Rubber mulch never mats or rots and is always permeable.  Therefore, all water runs straight through with no water shed.  Rubber also holds moisture in the ground.  If we have a semi load of rubber mulch that is soaking wet and leave it on a concrete pad in the hot Florida sun the material will never dry out.  The water will remain trapped in the rubber because rubber is an insulator.  The top is warm and the middle is cool so the water doesn’t escape.

Years ago we were presented with an opportunity in Dubai.  No matter what the customer tried they could not hold moisture in the ground until they top dressed with Everlast Rubber Mulch.  The rubber mulch allowed all of the irrigation to flow through to the plants and held the water in the ground.  The soil temperature was only 2 degrees warmer than the wood much beds due to the insulative nature of rubber mulch.

This is exactly why rubber mulch acts as weed barrier.  The rubber stays dry so weed seed dehydrates before it reaches the soil.  It is just that simple!

For more information on our landscape rubber mulch and playground rubber mulch please visit our websites Everlast Rubber Mulch or Playground Rubber Mulch.