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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rubber Mulch

You may have noticed the Leader Rubber Mulch going in around the trees in the Center Grove. It's an innovative and eco friendly alternative to the traditional mulch. The Leader Mulch company says it's safe and non-toxic. It lasts up to 10 times longer compared to wood mulch and retains its color and vibrancy while not staining clothing or sink. 

Add this to the astroturf in the parks and we have less natural surroundings. I know Real Housewives on Bravo TV who are more natural than the parks these days.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the material has many functions, it may also be used to cap toxic chemicals at parks!!!

March 11, 2014 2:56 PM  
Blogger ArthurG said...

Does Leader Rubber Mulch really contend that is fake mulch is more eco friendly than natural mulch? Isn't natural mulch, er, natural?

March 11, 2014 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having used this stuff in my yard, I can say it definitely saves money (and I assume resources, trees, exhaust, etc the required to make normal much). If it's used from recycled rubber (most are), even better - I like it.

March 11, 2014 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. Rubber mulch is made from RECYCLED tires which means less tires in landfills, which means less trees are used for wood mulch.
Wood mulch aborbs most of all water & hardly any water makes it through to the plant life around wood mulch.
Wood mulch rots and harbors insects like termites.
I dunno but seams like a no brainer to me....

March 11, 2014 5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed with anonymous at 5:36.


March 11, 2014 8:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recycled Tires and rubber mulch are carcinogenic. Fast dollar today means cancer tomorrow, go natural:


March 11, 2014 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rubber Mulch is made of petroleum. Petroleum is a fossil fuel. Fossil fuels are harmful to the environment, if burned or placed in our soil.

March 11, 2014 8:58 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Can this stuff be safe for dogs?

March 11, 2014 10:24 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

Is it really safe?

March 12, 2014 3:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's recycled rubber - so the rubber/petroleum concern is moot. Take your point to the tire manufacturers and convince them to use an alternative.

Wood mulch also has to replaced every 6 months due to decomposition.

Safe for pets? I can't answer that. But at the base of a tree what is the concern? That a dog peeing on a tree would be exposed to toxins....? Hardly seems like an issue.

March 12, 2014 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's actually much better environmentally. I use it. Boohooers are uninformed.

March 12, 2014 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recycled sidewalks are difficult to walk and bicycle on, not sturdy and firm and impossible to Rollerblade and skate on and now being informed that it is probably leaking carcinogens into the environment.

March 13, 2014 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rubber Mulch is much better than wood much.
Please don’t forget there are many article written by wood mulch companies against it as Rubber Mulch is a direct impact on them.(savings and esthetic)
Rubber Mulch will not fade in most environments for up to 12 years or more and is colored with Water Based colorants)
Rubber Mulch is 100 percent non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Multiple government and third-party studies have proven that recycled rubber is safe.
Rubber Mulch is colored using a licensed process and seals the rubber after the desired color is applied.
Unlike organic materials, Rubber Mulch will not stain clothes.
Rubber Mulch will not decompose .If fading begins after at least 12 years; you can either top-dress it with fresh Leader Mulch or till it into the soil. Rubber Mulch is safe to till into the soil because it is nontoxic and acts as an aerator to help keep the soil from compacting. Similar rubber products such as crumb rubber are being used for the same purpose in athletic fields all across the country. You can also rake up your faded mulch to use as landfill.
Rubber Mulch keeps soil 10° cooler in summer and 10° warmer in winter.
Rubber Mulch is not flammable.
Tire chips were tested in 1995 in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (16 CFR 1500.44) to determine whether this material would be considered "flammable." (A material is considered flammable if it ignites and burns with a self-sustained flame at a rate greater than 0.1 inches per second along its major axis.) Per these test results, scrap tire material is considered nonflammable.
In 1994 the Maryland Environmental Services (MES) put this question to a series of tests. At the MES request, a testing laboratory subjected ¾-inch pieces of tire chips to hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). "Visual examination of insoluble residue appeared to indicate only fibrous reinforcing strands were dissolved by the hydrochloric acid. The tire rubber did not appear to be affected in any way; i.e., chalking, cracking, fracturing, etc." (PSI Report No. 486-40013-001)
*If a piece of rubber is swallowed, it should not cause any acute or chronic problems. Short-term issues, such as an upset stomach, will be a function of the amount of rubber swallowed. As to the fate of the rubber chips swallowed, they are eventually evacuated from the body, just like any other indigestible material.
Rubber Mulch is great for horse arenas stalls,Dog parks and much more. It is easy on animals joints when they step on it, and it is dust free.

March 13, 2014 4:27 PM  

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