One of the best reasons to consider rubber mulch is the fact that it acts as a weed barrier. Every day in our nursery someone comes by frustrated with weeds in their landscape or turf and they are looking for solutions. Everlast will help prevent new weeds from appearing but existing weeds and weed seed do need to be dealt with properly for best results.
There are many forms of weed killer. Weeds that have already sprouted need to be treated with a post-emergent product. Weeds that have yet to sprout need to be handled with pre-emergent weed killer. Chemistry varies between products but Roundup or equivalents seem to be the go to product for many homeowners looking to kill existing weeds; but they are often frustrated by poor results.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient and you can think of it as suntan lotion for green leaves. It prevents the plant from utilizing the sunlight. It is imperative that this type of product be applied when the plant is growing because that when it needs the most energy. Applying weed killer too early in the season will not yield the best results. Persistent tougher weeds may need to be coated more than once and I recommend 7 to 10 days between applications. Some products contain a small percentage of diquat which is my favorite.
Yesterday a young lady came in complaining of dollar weed that seemed to be unaffected by the products she was using. I have had great success using Roundup Quick Pro that contains just under 3% diquat. I re-apply once the dollar weed starts to yellow and have had good luck keeping it under control. When the dollar weed is in my turf I have to be very careful applying the product as it is non selective meaning it will affect nearly all varieties of plants not just the dollar weed. My turf suffers a bit if I am not too careful but the results are worth it to me as the dollar weed gets the worst of it.
A quick note on Everlast and weed control with rubber mulch. Our products stay dry. Weed seed that blows into the beds gets trapped in the rubber which is why we recommend a 2″ depth. All the water runs through the mulch since it never mats like rotten wood mulch. We don’t recommend a weed fabric so organic material is never trapped in the mulch-weed seed won’t find any moisture above grade. It is just that simple.
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.
The only drawback to playground rubber mulch products is the fact that the initial cost is much higher than conventional wood mulches. For some, rubber playground mulch is simply not affordable. Many people don’t want to use landscape grade wood mulch in their playgrounds as they recognize that it is often generated from yard waste of unknown sources, tends to rot quickly due to it’s shredded nature, and was not designed for playground applications.
Engineered Wood Fiber Playground Mulch is an affordable mid price alternative to rubber mulch that can provide long lasting results when applied properly in a playground. All loose fill mulches require some pre-planning and a two part video has been added to our site to help guide you through the various options and considerations when installing a backyard playground. Underlayment, borders, rut prevention, and more are covered.