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All You Need to Know About Rubber Mulch Colors

When artificial Christmas trees first came out, many people were not attracted to the idea that colorful plastic foliage could represent a beloved holiday. Today, it has become a formidable industry catering to millions of homes in the US, and has officially become part of the season.


The same can be said for the use of rubber mulch. While relatively new, more and more people are seeing its practicality and attractiveness, and are exploring the many ways the different colors can add usefulness and appeal to their homes. Let’s look at some of the important things that rubber mulch colors can contribute to your outdoors.


There are colors created to mimic the look of natural soil


One of the biggest complaints about rubber mulch for gardens and other outdoor areas is that it looks and feels artificial. However, dozens of colors have been created to echo the different types of soil typically found in gardens and backyards. With natural-looking texture, you can select hues that mimic the dark richness of topsoil, the reddish hue of clay, or the mossy-greenness of a forest floor.


Some colors are made to match their purpose


With rubber mulch colors becoming increasingly more organic-looking, many manufacturers see the need to match these hues with the mulching purpose. For instance, gardens are constantly watered and fertilized, and therefore need mulch colors that won’t bleed. Turf-colored mulch gives the impression of a well-manicured lawn from afar, and can also be the base of playgrounds. Grounds that experience a lot of foot traffic like trails and walking paths, are often colored in dark, granite-like hues that are meant to last a long time. Playground rubber mulch is typically offered in fun, bright and vibrant colors that can also be non-staining and non-abrasive so that your kids’ clothes stay clean and free from rips and tears.    


They can create an accent in gardens and landscapes


Aside from helping to control the growth of weeds, the array of colors that rubber mulch comes in can help you create an accent in your landscaping. Blue and green mulch can give the impression of a cool pond or pool, and dots of brightly colored mulch can look like blooms from afar. They can also colorfully line footpaths while providing sufficient cushioning. With a bit of imagination, the possibilities for creativity using rubber mulch are practically limitless.






The colors can last for years


When rubber mulch manufacturers promise at least ten years of shelf life, that includes its color. Several tests have been conducted to determine how the colors of rubber mulch will fade in comparison to other artificial mulches and wood. One test in particular involved exposing these materials to the elements for a period of two and a half years. The most durable and weather-resistant colors turned out to be rubber mulch.



They can enhance curb appeal


Colorful rubber mulch can be used in a similar fashion as decorative rocks and pebbles to enhance your home’s “first impression” from outside. Accessories such as flexible rubber borders are available that are designed to compliment the rubber mulch.  Another benefit of using rubber mulch to enhance your home’s landscaping is that it stands up to any weather conditions without fading. Plus, they are low maintenance and resilient. You can clean off the mulch by simply hosing it off and they won’t float away. Design capability, low maintenance, and flexibility of use are just some of the reasons why rubber mulch is becoming a popular choice for landscaping and home playground projects.








Alan Weiman
Alan Weiman

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