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

everlast termite

  • 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

 

Rubber Mulch: Not the only use for scrap tires-diaper bags too!

recycled tire gifts

Show your recycling spirit!

Tire recycling has come along way in the last 15 years and we offer some great products made from tires and innertubes.  Most people know us for our great rubber mulch products but we also offer a complete line of home and office gifts perfect to show your commitment to recycling and bring a smile to someone’s face.  Just visit shop.everlastrubbermulch.com to see the complete lineup.  See our facebook page for a discount code!

Rubber Mulch Contest-Can You Solve the Riddle?

Rubber Mulch Contest

Rubber Mulch Contest

Rubber Mulch Contest Starts Today!

What do MOSI, rubber mulch, and robots have in common?  Solve the riddle and post your answer to our facebook page and win dinner for two.  

No cheating!  Associates of MOSI not eligible to win.  Restrictions apply. Void where prohibited.

Rubber Mulch and Canons-Unlikely Uses for Rubber Mulch

Over the many years I have  been producing Everlast Rubber Mulch I pretty much thought I had “heard it all”.  I have seen our products used for some great projects.  Bright purple and gold to match a casiono’s color theme. Rubber mulch used to retain moisture in Dubai when half of tire was buried underground to hold water.  Numerous movie and television show sets.  Hand to hand combat training pits, firing ranges as backstops, but today we shipped some of our product to be used as……..

Canon Fire-

That’s right Everlast Rubber Mulch is being shot out of a cannon to represent canon grape shot.  Often used by pirate ships-think of it as a shotgun the size of your car.  Turns out that “grape shot” was generally 3/4 inch material bundled together in some form of cloth that burned away when the cannon went off.  Keep your eyes open in the movies maybe you can spot it!

We enjoy our products immensely and everday we hear from customers enjoying our low maintenance landscape and playground rubber mulch products.  People stop in all the time with pictures of their garden designs if you have one you are especially proud of send it in so we can show the world.  We love creative uses for our products; have an idea for another use just give us a call.