If you are a homeowner, then you know yard upkeep is not cheap. The materials alone are like a grocery list. Between buying seasonal plants, soil, plant food, ground cover, materials for lawn equipment and other decorative elements, your home improvement bill can quickly skyrocket.
Whether you are punctual for seasonal updating or not, it would be helpful to know of a few time- and money-saving hints and tips.
Rubber mulch has many advantageous features and has become a quick go-to for both professional and home landscapers. Some of the benefits for rubber mulch include termite prevention, color retention and helps in freeze warning protection.
If your home has a wooden exterior, it is recommended to use non-wood mulch materials parallel to the base of your home. The reason is simple: termites. Combining termites with wood mulch and wooden homes means you are inevitably asking for hoards of termites to invade your home and compromise its structure. Think of it this way, if termites were your pets, not pests, you would basically be giving them treats on an ongoing basis. Good luck trying to train them to do tricks! Nevertheless, rubber mulch as a ground cover near home structures will save you more money in long run by saving you from potential building repair and substantial pest control costs.
Have you noticed that some clothes come with a warning label insisting that you wash the garment before wearing due to the dye running out? Rubber mulch, however, does not bleed, so there is no need to caution. It also does not transfer. Furthermore, wood decomposes. Rubber mulch still maintains its form and color even after it settles. It also retains its color for up to twelve years. It is wise to keep in mind that continuous sun exposure and extreme changes in climate may play a factor in the color eventually fading.
Contrary to some widespread concerns, rubber mulch does not absorb heat and then scorch plants. Instead it absorbs heat as a protective factor. When plants have been watered, the mulch allows the water to go directly to the plants. Wood mulch would not give your plants this satisfaction because wood absorbs water.
Did you realize it is October? Freeze warnings are already starting in some parts of the country. Rubber mulch can help provide a blanketing layer, but extreme temperatures will still affect your plants. The rubber mulch does not freeze any residual water on the actual mulch itself. In fact, rubber mulch does not freeze at all because it does not retain water. Wood mulch, however, does because as aforementioned, it absorbs water. Therefore frozen wood mulch can harm your plants because it will impede growth and emergent plants in the spring.
When there is a sudden downpour, do you usually find a mess to clean up the next day in your yard? Having interlocking rubber borders protects your flower beds’ soil and mulch from overflowing throughout your garden. If they interlock, rubber borders can provide a more secure wall. Grass and weeds may grow through wooden or brick borders but not if they are made of rubber. Additionally, remember the termite notation from earlier. If you utilize in a wooden barrier for your flowerbed, you might as well sign the papers over to the termite king or queen.
Because yard upkeep can be costly, an educated homeowner will look for long-term money saving materials. Rubber mulch is a highly beneficial product to homeowners who have not yet tried it.
Direct Rubber Mulch is a Midwest company located in Wichita, KS. Besides having various color rubber mulch options, we also offer playground borders and playground mats. All of our products are 100% recyclable and can be used for a variety of private and commercial uses. For more information, visit our website or call 1-877-884-3660.