With the first day of spring a little more than a week away, the unofficial start of the gardening season is once again upon us.  As this is a Blog about rubber mulch I would be remiss if I did not discuss why this year is the year to make the switch from wood mulch to rubber mulch.

Would you rather spend $5 a year, every year for 12 years ($60), or $10 one time over twelve years ($10)?  Now what if you multiplied this simple equation by 20?  50?  100?  The odds really start to lean toward the one time spend don’t they?

There are some “premium” wood mulches on the market that claim that their color lasts for more than a year…and they only cost $5 a bag.  While the initial price for rubber mulch can come close to $10 a bag (premium Rubberific Mulch), the color is guaranteed for more than 12 years – which can be quite a savings both in terms of time and money over the long haul.

So this is not a one-sided dialogue about why rubber mulch is superior to a premium wood mulch I broke down and did some research…I bought some colored wood mulch to see how it would hold up.  After loading and unloading the bags from my car I knew something was off when my young son remarked – “why are your hands all red”?  Problem #1.

I was going to mulch a small area in my backyard that had many small flowers in it so I dumped the bags on to an area of concrete so that I could spread the mulch by hand…my red hands.  After about 15 minutes I realized problem #2 was upon me as the concrete where I placed the mulch was now red as well.

Undaunted I finished the wood mulch project and set out the sprinkler for an hour or so.  When I returned my son again had a comment for me, “nice job Dad, you must be a magician because your hands are still red but your mulch is now brown”.  Problem #3.  My watering had washed the color off the wood mulch.


My small test had led me to the realization that if you want long-lasting color there is only one solution – to use a rubber mulch such as Rubberific Mulch, NuPlay, NuScape or Re-Play, take your pick, they all work great and look great for years.  They are guaranteed not to fade, rot, compact, attract insects, and being five times heavier than wood mulch, will not float away during even the most torrid of thunderstorms.

Yes, the initial purchase is a bit more expensive than wood mulch, but you will save money in the long run not having to mulch and remulch year after year, which means more time to enjoy your yard and less time working on it, and in it.

If my experience did not sway your thoughts, here are my top ten reasons to make the switch once and for all.

1.    Looks like wood, but the color is guaranteed to last 12 years longer than premium colored wood mulch!

2.    Since rubber mulch does not absorb water like wood mulch you can use 30% less water when you switch to rubber mulch.

3.    No more annual mulching – work less, play more!

4.    Rated as the safest playground surface available.

5.    Rubber mulch does not attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects.

6.    Rubber mulch will not fade, rot, compress or lose its beauty even after years of exposure to the elements.

7.    Move to rubber mulch and you will have fewer weeds.

8.    Rubber mulch inhibits growth of molds and fungi, reducing allergy risk.

9.    You will save time, money and the environment.

10.  You will have the best looking yard on the block, year after year, after year!

Here is to the start of spring – to new beginnings, and to a new way to mulch!  You will thank me years down the road.  That and you won’t have to explain to the neighborhood kids why your hands are red!