How Rubber Mulch is Saving our Environment

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.

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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.

Backyard Landscaping with Rubber Mulch

So I had this idea of landscaping my own backyard and I wanted to make use of some rubber mulch. The only thing drawing me back at this point was some concerns and questions regarding the product. I haven’t seen anyone else use it yet so for the time being I did not include it in my plan just yet. I wanted to wait and see if there was anyone who could share their opinion on recycled rubber mulch and enlighten me regarding this product. The reason why I first took interest in rubber mulch was because I liked the fact that it came in different colors which can give the user more opportunities in creating a good design for the backyard.

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The idea of landscaping my backyard came to me when I went out of town for a business trip. While I was there, I decided to take a look around while my schedule was still free. I came across this large house that had a front yard that was beautifully landscaped. It had fountains, bushes, and lots of plants too. Then I thought to myself, “What if I landscape my own backyard at home?” The idea stayed with me for quite a while until I lost thought of it because I got so busy at my job.

The idea then came back to me when I passed by a garden store which had a rubber mulch sign and poster on their wall. The mulch would have been a great addition to a landscaped area. You could have been able to use the blue and black mulch to layer some parts which can really bring out the green on the backyard.

So I went to my friend’s house to have dinner with all of our other friends from college and I noticed that his yard was layered with different colors of rubber mulch. Although the way he worked on his yard was not what I had in mind for my own yard, I was starting to get comfortable with the idea of using rubber mulch on my backyard so I went with it.

So I got myself two rubber mulch colors, black and blue. What I did first was tried to move the plants around to see which arrangement would seem best to me. I also had a few large white rocks so those would come in handy as well in landscaping my backyard. After I had the arrangement of the different plants and the few rocks I had in place, it was time for me to layer out my rubber mulch on my backyard.

I did a clean pattern with both my black and blue rubber mulches which were layered around the areas of the plants. After I had finished, I felt like I had achieved something great. It didn’t look that flashy, but it was simple and quite classy to my eye. I really look forward to using rubber mulch when working on my backyard again. Maybe I would get more ideas in the future.