Now you probably know what rubber mulch is, but for those of you who have no idea what it is, basically, rubber mulch is just recycled rubber which is shredded into pieces and sold in garden shops which is used to layer the soil. This layering offers a number of benefits but because rubber mulch comes in a variety of colors, one can also get on their creative side when using rubber mulch and use it as a decorative layer in the area of the garden. But set that aside, rubber mulch is also saving our environment.
Rubber mulch has a natural counterpart which is mulch made from chips of wood. This natural mulch does not last long compared to rubber mulch which results in it requiring frequent changes which increases the demand of wood mulch and may pose a threat to our trees. On the other hand, rubber mulch is made all from recycled materials.
The composition of rubber mulch is as said in its name, rubber. The rubber that is used in the rubber mulch is recycled from old tires which are shredded into pieces. Because of this, tires that would usually end up in a landfill which would contribute to the pollution on land can be recycled into something that we use in our garden. This is a great step towards reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfills.
The fact that rubber, something that ends up in landfills and stays there for centuries, can be recycled over and over again into something which can be useful for our garden needs but at the same time bring an aesthetic quality to our gardens, is something to be marveled at. Since rubber mulch does not decay or rot, the stuff lasts a lot longer compared to the other type of mulch which is made from wood chips. Although rubber mulch costs more compared to its natural counterpart, the fact that rubber mulch lasts longer can compensate for the costs. This means that in the long run, you are actually saving quite a lot.
Maintenance or changing rubber mulch only needs to be done once every three years. That’s quite a long time. Also, when you do change the mulch, you can find other ways to use it like creating your own art, or giving it to a recycling station which can help further the usability of the rubber mulch.
Just because something doesn’t decompose quickly doesn’t mean it has to end up in a place for it to fill up and pollute. We should really start popularizing rubber mulch even more to a broader audience other than gardeners. The colored versions of rubber mulch are really pretty which makes this usable in area other than your garden which you use to beautify.
It is time that we do our part in saving our own planet Earth and start investing in rubber mulch. Who knows, your creativity may be sparked and you will be able to create a garden that will be an explosion of many colors.