In a report released this week by Angie’s List and ABC 6 News, the many benefits of rubber mulch for landscaping were discussed. Aside for the mulch adding aesthetic beauty to any yard or garden, there are many fringe benefits that come with rubber mulch.
For those looking to save a few bucks or to achieve the satisfaction of a do-it-yourself project Rubberecycle mulch is the way to go. Easy to install and requiring little maintenance, the mulch provides essential moisture and nutrients that help fight off weeds and pests.
“Typically mulch lasts about 9 to 12 months. It breaks down naturally, releasing nutrients down into the soil. Dyed mulch tends to hold a little bit better than regular hardwood mulch. It holds its color a little bit more,” said Gregg Pulley, a landscaper. And another bonus, it’s relatively cheap.
“When buying mulch, you can buy it by the bag or in bulk, and it’s usually about $20 to $30 per yard. If you are buying in bulk, keep in mind you’re also going to have a delivery fee; consider joining forces with your neighbors and having a large order delivered that you can share,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
It is a little-known fact that the color of the mulch you choose can affect he price. Brown and black are two of the most popular colors because they blend in with the landscaping well, and they are therefore more expensive. From among colors, red will be the priciest as it helps the landscaping pop. Recycled tire mulch is the cheapest rubber mulch, and is often found on playgrounds in the form of Playsafer mulch.
To figure out how much mulch you need find the area of the space by multiplying length times width, then divide by one hundred. Mulch is usually applied at an average of 3 inches deep, and one yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet, 3 inches deep, advises Pulley.
The report also explains that there are various consistencies of mulch to choose from, including coarse, shredded, and fine. The type of consistency will determine how fast the mulch decomposes, with the finer mulch types decomposing the fastest.
With summer in full swing and many outdoor items on sale, now is a great time to invest in rubber landscape mulch.