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Top 4 Benefits of Rubber Mulch

 

Family time and holidays are never a time that you want to be busy in the garden or tending to some emergency with your landscaping. Alright, that can be a bit far-fetched but it can happen and we definitely don't want it to happen when we're just about ready to get into vacation or holiday mode.

Rubber mulch makes things easier for you so that when Labor Day or any other holiday comes along, your garden or playground surfacing does not steal you away from happier things.

Here’s how rubber mulch gets it done.

  1. Rubber mulch suppresses weed growth.

A layer of at least 2 inches of rubber mulch blocks the necessary light most weed seeds need for germination and early growth.

This means that while the entire neighborhood is enjoying a sumptuous barbecue picnic complete with sausages and corn and eggplants and tomatoes, you don’t have to be stuck at your playground/garden trying to derive the rarest joys from weed removal.

  1. Rubber mulch retains moisture in the soil.

Rubber mulch blocks evaporation and prevents the soil from overheating. Moisture from rain or irrigation can make its way through the mulched area, and into the soil beneath. The mulch itself isn't porous enough to hold any moisture on its own and it won't wick moisture from the soil.

This means that while the entire family are being awed by the Grand Canyon or the Niagara Falls, you don’t have to be stuck at your playground/garden wielding a garden hose like a gun, and aiming it at your garden like a maniac, just to keep your soil properly hydrated.

  1. Properly installed rubber mulch rarely requires replacement and can last for 20 years or longer.

Rubber mulch is heavy enough that wind won't blow it away, which is a problem with some lighter natural mulches. The mulch doesn't break down or decompose.

This means that while your entire squad are frolicking at the Florida Keys, soaking up sun and sand, you don’t have to be stuck at home preoccupied with nothing else but the need to keep your mulch and yourself together.

  1. Rubber mulch is not susceptible to insect infestation.

Rubber mulch does not attract termites or carpenter ants like wood mulch does, and in turn, protects your flowers, plants and home from insect infestation.

This means that while your entire countrymen are visiting museums like The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, you don’t have to be crawling through your garden/playground, manually picking out insects like a mad zoologist.

 

Now, if you are still unconvinced, just picture these two scenarios: 1.) you holding a glass of frozen margarita 2.) you holding pieces of mulch. Fancy the former? Then go with rubber.

Resources:

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/advantages-disadvantages-rubberized-mulch-32428.html

http://www.angieslist.com/articles/what-are-pros-and-cons-rubber-mulch.htm

http://www.doityourself.com/stry/rubber-mulch-vs-wood-mulch#b

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/labor-day




Alan Weiman
Alan Weiman

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