Prepping Your Landscape Beds for Mulch Installation

Red Rubber Mulch in Landscape Bed

Colorfast-Won’t Float-Weed Resistant

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.

Top 5 Rubber Mulch Facts

Top 5 Rubber Mulch Facts

brown rubber mulch with stone and flowers.

  1. Everlast Rubber Mulch does not float.  Our tire rubber mulch has a specific gravity greater than 1 so it is heavier than water!
  2. Everlast Rubber Mulch weighs approximately 26 pounds per cubic foot.  Our “value sized” bags of rubber mulch at 1.15 cubic feet weigh approximately 30 lbs. vs a .8 cubic foot bag (30% smaller) weighing less.
  3. 23 bags of Everlast make 1 cubic yard vs 34 bags of .8 cubic foot bags equal a cubic yard (27 cubic feet).
  4. Everlast holds water.  Let’s say a pile of rubber mulch gets wet via a heavy rain. The rubber in the middle of the pile will be wet no matter how much time goes by or sun shines on it.  The water is trapped due to condensation.  Rubber mulch has a high R value and the center of the pile stays too cool to evaporate-too cool!
  5. Everlast rubber mulch nugget pieces do not hold water individually.  Therefore the top layer of the mulch stays dry and acts as a weed barrier.  Weed seed that falls into the bed simply dehydrates before germinating.  With Everlast you can save your money and not buy weed block.

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

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 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.

Playground Rubber Mulch Testimonial-Brand Comparison

It is my pleasure to recommend Everlast as a company with integrity and quality a product. I received our shipment of Playground Mulch and all I can say is that “I absolutely LOVE it!”. I can certainly say this was the quickest turn around I have ever had with a company. I truly appreciated the representative professional manners and I really felt like they cared and enjoyed actually helping me make my decisions regarding our playground. This is not my first experience with a major purchase of mulch and indeed we will be return customers. I value this company so much, I have recommended our state resource department to use Everlast and to stay away from the company ********, who still owes me mulch and money to this day. In fact there is no comparison to Everlast. I have never seen mulch so rich in color and chunky as it is. I already know it will be around for along time. The ***** looks like pea gravel and it stands out in a bad way on the playground after it was put down. I wish I had found Everlast first. I wish you continued success with your company as you supply our children with the safest fall protection they have ever had.
Thank you,
Peace and Sparkles ,
Ms.U

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.

 

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.