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.

Gardening and Rubber Mulch for Mental Health?

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.

stress relief through gardening

Stress Relief

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.

Spring is Here! Check Out the Great Colors in Southern Alabama

white azaleas add an elegant touch to spring

Sheer Elegance

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Who needs groundcover with a display like this?

This weekend I had the great fortune of meeting some great people and seeing some great spring color in Southern Alabama along Mobile Bay.  We were visiting some of our Everlast Rubber Mulch customers and some friends. Everywhere we went we were greeted with huge splashes of great Southern landscape designs.

Azaleas of all types:  Gerbing, Southern Charm, Solomon’s, Formosa, Fashion, Double Reds, and more.

Color in the landscape creates curb appeal, increases your enjoyment of your property, and provides some true hope for change.  Color can leave an indelible mark on your outlook, attitude, and perspective.

Rubber mulch provides a rare tool to add a long lasting vibrant backdrop to your artistic landscape creations.  Red rubber mulch contrasts with your green foliage, brown rubber mulch provides a dark backdrop to create formal gardens, and our own Southern Cypress can add a neutral balance to help provide some transition between lush green lawns and colorful landscapes.

No matter how you choose to add some color to your landscape this year just be sure that you do…..colors change with the seasons but the wait is worth it!

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More Than Just Rubber Mulch

 

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Rubber Mulch and More

Most people know that Everlast Rubber Mulch was the original landscape rubber mulch product and that quality has been our hallmark from the beginning.  Utilizing high heat driers and providing a truly no bleed rubber mulch product in a variety of colors for over a decade.  Our lawn and garden experience goes back much further though, and our eye for quality products comes from hand picking plant material for our nursery from some of the finest growers in the U.S.

Today we offer a huge selection of quality products to enhance your outdoor living experience this spring.

Don’t Feed Dreaded Artillery Fungus-Try Rubber Mulch

Every spring we receive hundreds of calls from frustrated homeowners and facilities managers trying to rid themselves of the nightmarish phenomenon called Artillery Fungus. They are always relieved to discover that Everlast Rubber Mulch will end the reign of terror this “evil” creature brings with it. This stuff comes straight from the Little Shop of Horrors, spraying spores all over homes and cars. It is also known as shotgun fungus for good reason. If you never have to deal with this stuff consider yourself lucky as many northern states are plagued by it.
Artillery fungus gets a start in damp beds of decomposing organic matter ie. wood mulch. Mulch is a perfect environment for it to grow. Frequent top dressing of fresh mulch will impede its growth. The fungus eats cellulose and converts it to lignin which it leaves behind for future growth spurts. Eventually, readying its arsenal of sticky brown spores which it shoots onto homes, automobiles, and sheds resulting in a nearly impossible to remove problem that leaves a dark permanent stain behind.
Everlast Rubber Mulch does not contain cellulose or lignin and therefore is not known to support this phenomenon. A copy of the one of the best artillery fungus studies is available inside our website.