rubber mulch - Knowledgebase Question

Spring Valley, Ca
Question by plants4fun3
May 20, 2009
What do you think about this mulch. Is it just as good as the wood?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2009

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I think rubber mulch has a place in the landscape and it is a great way to help recycle. I would use it in children's play areas, along fence lines where I don't want to plant but want some color, or on the border of concrete or wood patios and decks or as a permanent mulch around trees. It will last forever, is easy on the feet if you want to walk on it and comes in lots of colors. However, I don't think I would use it in annual or perennial beds. Those beds are worked often (or at least they should be!) and the mulch would need to be moved out of the bed each time you wanted to amend the soil or change out your plants. You can make the process easier by laying weed barrier landscape cloth down first and topping it with rubber mulch, but that's not how I want to spend my garden time. So, it's a personal choice. If you're looking for a permanent cover for your soil, rubber mulch is a good choice. If you like working your flower beds and changing out the plants, rubber mulch probably shouldn't be used in those situations. Wood mulch eventually decomposes and you can work it into your soil. Hope this information helps you decide!

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