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Question DetailsAsked on 4/10/2013

Is rubber mulch bad for flower gardens

Trying to find a mulch for my flower garden that doesn't wash away. Also heard that rubber mulch is not good for flower gardens

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I have used rubber mulch in Florida and here in San Antonio and love it. I did not have any troble with flower beds, trees or plants. they all thrived very well. The mulch keeps it's color for years therefore doesn't have to be replaced every year because of fading. Make sure you have a good upright border around the beds as it will wash away some with these heavy down pours we have here in San Antonio, otherwise it's wonderful. It is a bit expensive at first but you will save in the long run not having to replace it because of fading or decomposing like bark mulch. Good Luck!

Answered 6 years ago by owenkm


Some of the more exotic or zone-marginal plants will not tolerate rubber mulch, as it leaches out chemicals when it degrades or gets wet. It should also not be used on edible crops, as you will be picking up rubber compounds in the crop.

I would suggest that if your mulch is washing of your planters, maybe what you need is a low border to contain the mulch when it rains real hard. Normal thrice-mowed leaf mulch works for us, and has never washed away in rain or weatering, though granted we only get gully-washer storms once or twice a year.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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