Will Rubber Mulch Hurt Plants?

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Rubber mulch has been around long enough to become a mainstream option for gardens and landscaping, but people are still debating about whether or not it’s actually beneficial to plants. Before investing in it, it’s perfectly fine to ask yourself if it will hurt your plants or actually enhance your garden. Let’s look at some important points regarding rubber mulch.

Rubber mulch protects plants from insects and weeds

Wood attracts termites, and other organic matter such as sand, leaves, or grass clippings can easily become homes and food to insects and rodents. Because rubber mulch is synthetic, it is unattractive to pests. It also doesn’t offer anything for weeds to thrive on – they will dehydrate before they even have a chance to wreak havoc on your plants.

It insulates the soil and regulates plant temperature

Even in very cold weather, rubber mulch can help keep your plants snug and warm down to the roots. On the other hand, it also does a good job of protecting the soil and roots from too much heat in high temperature weather.  

It enhances the potency of fertilizers and water

Since it doesn’t absorb water or fertilizers the way organic mulches do, your plants and soil get full nutrients. The soil under the mulch doesn’t dry up but stays moist for your plants to thrive on.

It can help neutralize soil with high alkalinity

Alkali soil have low infiltration capacity so it needs zinc for plants to grow. Rubber mulch can offer a solution by way of its inherent zinc content which the soil can absorb in increments. This is especially beneficial to long-rooted plants, which can get both zinc and all the fertilizer they need.

No tree is killed to manufacture rubber mulch

It might sound trite, but the very purpose of shredded rubber infill is to recycle old tires and prevent overflowing landfills after all. Trees and plants don’t have to be sacrificed to become mulching material. Recycling is the heart of rubber mulch manufacturing – an environmentally conscious move that is hard to ignore even with all the controversies surrounding it.

The bottom line is, doing careful research can help you decide if rubber mulch is the best option for your garden. More studies are being done on it, so it’s wise to keep yourself updated on the latest findings.

 

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!”

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.

Control Weeds for a Low Maintenance Garden This Spring

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.

Free Shipping and Rubber Mulch-Ends Tonight?

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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!

Weed Control Starts Before Spring

If weed control is on your wish list this year now is the time to create a plan and reduce your garden maintenance time and cost.  Whether you plan to apply a new layer of wood mulch, deal with the weeds growing in your stone beds, or install rubber mulch to prevent weeds in the future, there is an extra step that can pay huge benefits.  Flower beds, hardscapes, and rock gardens require some maintenance. Add this extra step every spring and you can reduce your time weeding your landscaping for the entire season.

Pre-emergents help control weed seed pre-season and pre-germination.  The concept is simple.  Chemically treat the top half inch of soil to stop the existing weed seed from germinating.  Exposed beds that lack any form of mulch allow weed seed to blow in and build up on top of the soil.  Rock gardens that have a weed fabric underneath have built up a layer of soil and organic matter and the dormant weed seed is simply waiting for the temperature to rise so they can germinate.  Treating before they germinate is imperative to controlling the weeds.

There are many types of pre-emergent.  The length of time they are effective varies.  Treflan (granular) is extremely effective but will lose it’s effectiveness if the area is disturbed prior to mulching.  Surflan (liquid) is also extremely effective. Brands don’t matter much as chemistry is everything so shop for the best deal on the active ingredients.

Even though Everlast Rubber Mulch acts as the weed barrier, any weed seed already in the soil should be dealt with prior to rubber mulch installation.  The concept is simple.  Two inches of Everlast Rubber Mulch will reduce weed growth by 95% due the fact that the rubber top dressing stays dry, traps the airborne weed seed, and dehydrates it.  If the seed  can’t get to the soil it can not germinate. Weed seed already present in the soil should be dealt with by either using a pre-emergent or applying a post emergent herbicide after you install the rubber mulch.  Either way, once you install the rubber mulch and eradicate the existing weed seed you will see a 95% reduction in weed growth.  By the way Everlast Rubber Mulch is not discolored by Roundup….not that you will need it for much longer!