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.
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!
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!”
Ask 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!
I just read a great article in American Nurseryman magazine by the editor Sally Benson who was paraphrasing a radio program she heard recently. The discussion revolved around the fact that our daily lives are immersed in rigid geometric shapes….from the TV, cellphone, computer screen, rooms in our homes, offices, SUV’s, etc. Seems like everything around us is just another box.
I believe that second only to pets, gardening can provide a fantastic outlet and stress reliever for those of us living in a busy and urgent world. Every morning I look forward to checking on my gardenia’s progress from the day before. My home landscape is covered with blooming beauties and of course a few different colors of my “Nearly World Famous” Everlast Rubber Mulch.
I love to landscape due to the fact that my mind relaxes while I check on the progress of all my favorite plants and I am constantly expanding my plant varieties. I thoroughly enjoy mixing colors and creating refreshing contrasts to my world which is full of black bordered monitors and sterile websites and data streams.
I am extremely busy but still make time for my landscape in part because I don’t have to spend my time weeding my beds….I am lucky because I get to focus on the fun side of gardening-the sensory experience that doesn’t involve sweat!
Do yourself a favor and take a good look at our low maintenance rubber mulch products….the dividends can be life changing.