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O/T landscaping question

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by 686beretta, Jul 10, 2009.

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  1. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    I saw in Home Depot a rubber mulch that you put around trees, just wanting to know what you all think about it, and if anyone has used it, how well it holds up during rain, cold, etc. Is it any better than cyprus mulch.
     
  2. crusha

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    A rubber volcano with a tree coming out of it...niiiiice.
     
  3. GW22

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    Sam's club sells that stuff too. Seemed like a great idea until I realized that buying enough of it to do all my shrub beds would cost more than my house did.

    -Gary
     
  4. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    I've used it. I made patterns using the green and the red. I like it alright but you can buy a lot of cedar or cypress mulch for the price of the ground up and dyed tires. It smells like new tires and I prefer the smell of cedar.
     
  5. Robb

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    I have heard that the rubber mulch gets so hot that it is bad for plant roots. I don't know for sure but it does make sense.
     
  6. crusha

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    IMO, rubber mulch is just another extension of the phony, manufactured "landscape aesthetic" that is so prevalent in America. Artificially-dyed red mulch...truckload of rock gravel...I guess everybody wants their house to look like the Drive-Thru at McDonald's.

    Hey, it's a free country, you're free to do as you see fit, but...ugh!
     
  7. Bruce Specht

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    Sounds like they have found yet another way to recycle used tires
     
  8. Brian in Oregon

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    Let me ask you this... what is the attraction of rubber "mulch"? Why use it?
     
  9. Doug Brown

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    I used the red rubber mulch under my deck, looks great & stays in place. I also bought those tree rings, they look great & you mow right over top of them.
     
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    Brian in Oregon:

    The idea is to have a mulch that does not float away and does not degrade as a wood mulch would.
     
  11. Barry C. Roach

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    What Brian says is true but it does not nurture the soil. It has it's place
     
  12. Dave P

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    Gary: You mentioned Sam's Club which brings a question to mind. Sam's and Walmart are essentially the same company. Do they sell shotgun shells? Dave
     
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