Pros and Cons of Using Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch manufactured from recycled rubber tires is an eco-friendly way to safeguard surfaces for playgrounds, arenas and athletic fields. Being ‘green’ it is actively used for gardening purposes. This durable and versatile material is conveniently available in a wide range of colors. Every great product has side-effects, and so, too, does rubber mulch. Let us examine the pros and cons of this product.

Pros of Rubber Mulch

Being durable, rubber much is less likely to break down under extreme wear and tear; mostly the product is guaranteed to last for 10 or more years. Being dense and heavy it will neither float during heavy rains nor blow away in windy weather. It is beefy and non-porous, hence effective in holding moisture and preventing the growth of weeds. Also, water and wet fertilizers pass right through it to the soil below. Due to their strong odor it can be actively used against the house to dissuade wood-eating insects. Being environment-friendly, it is non-toxic and inflammable.

Cons of Rubber Mulch

More expensive than traditional wood mulches, rubber mulch may cost twice as much. Since it is recycled from tires, the possibility of intact steel wires remains large and therefore should be handled with care.

Its distinct odor is both a bane and boon. On one hand it helps in keeping away pests, while on the other hand it may cause nausea in some human beings. However, the stench will dissipate in no time if kept outdoors for a longer period of time.