You like the look of mulch and the way it keeps out the weeds, but you’re tired of putting down cubic yards of the stuff year after year. Take a look at rubber mulch — a number of companies grind up recycled tires to make it. One such company, International Mulch, sells many different products including bedding cover, playground cover, and pavers.
Like all mulch, rubber mulch keeps plants healthy by preventing moisture from escaping the soil. Rubber mulch is much heavier than wood mulches, so it won’t blow, erode, or float away. It doesn’t decay, absorb water, or attract insects, plus it inhibits the growth of mold and fungi. You can safely spread it on your playground, too, since it’s non-toxic and ADA-approved.
For some reason, products made from recycled materials are more expensive, and rubber mulch is no exception. Available in a variety of standard and custom colors, a cubic foot can cost upwards of $20, but you can find it for $15 or less if you shop around.