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December 23, 2019
It’s going to be a brand new year - have you made a decision about introducing rubber mulch into your outdoor plans yet?
Over the years, there have been several blog posts here enumerating its benefits. But maybe it’s time to illustrate why you’re losing money if you do not try it out. Below are four valid (and practical) points to consider.
You’re spending too much on weed and pest killers.
With rubber mulch, there is no need to overspend on chemicals or treatments that get rid of pests, fungi, mold, and weeds. These unwanted things thrive on organic and rotting materials, which in turn wreak havoc on precious plants. There is nothing attractive about rubber mulch - whether it’s for food or shelter material - to pests. You won’t need to introduce pest or weed control to keep them at bay. That means bigger savings for you.
You need to change your mulch annually (or worse, seasonally!).
Organic mulches break down, or get blown about and displaced by wind and rain. Rubber mulch won’t, no matter what season or temperature it is.
This means you will no longer need to brace yourself for more expenses to top up or replace the entire lot every year. Sure, the initial expense of obtaining rubber mulch is comparably higher than that of traditional ground cover materials. However, the savings you will enjoy for approximately a decade will be worth it in the long run.
You will need to use more fertilizer.
Rubber mulch allows fertilizer to work on its own by letting it go right where it’s needed - to the plant’s roots for optimal nourishment. Other mulches obstruct how water and fertilizer pass through to the soil, so nutrients are lost along the way. That means you will need to use more fertilizer and water more often than needed to ensure that your plants will thrive (or even just survive).
You will have to invest in extra protection for your home (and other structures).
As previously mentioned, pests can wreak havoc on more than just your garden. For instance, if you use wood chips, that’s an open invitation for termites to feast on them. Straw is attractive to mice and small insects, and other organic mulches can serve as food or building material for the shelter of different kinds of pests.
When you have structures made of wood within your garden’s vicinity, you can also jeopardize them with the presence of termites in your mulched garden. Mice and other unwanted critters could find their way into your storage or house. With rubber mulch, these scenarios won’t have to worry you needlessly about your budget.
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