Rubber mulch has been around long enough to become a mainstream option for gardens and landscaping, but people are still debating about whether or not it’s actually beneficial to plants. Before investing in it, it’s perfectly fine to ask yourself if it will hurt your plants or actually enhance your garden. Let’s look at some important points regarding rubber mulch.
Rubber mulch protects plants from insects and weeds
Wood attracts termites, and other organic matter such as sand, leaves, or grass clippings can easily become homes and food to insects and rodents. Because rubber mulch is synthetic, it is unattractive to pests. It also doesn’t offer anything for weeds to thrive on – they will dehydrate before they even have a chance to wreak havoc on your plants.
It insulates the soil and regulates plant temperature
Even in very cold weather, rubber mulch can help keep your plants snug and warm down to the roots. On the other hand, it also does a good job of protecting the soil and roots from too much heat in high temperature weather.
It enhances the potency of fertilizers and water
Since it doesn’t absorb water or fertilizers the way organic mulches do, your plants and soil get full nutrients. The soil under the mulch doesn’t dry up but stays moist for your plants to thrive on.
It can help neutralize soil with high alkalinity
Alkali soil have low infiltration capacity so it needs zinc for plants to grow. Rubber mulch can offer a solution by way of its inherent zinc content which the soil can absorb in increments. This is especially beneficial to long-rooted plants, which can get both zinc and all the fertilizer they need.
No tree is killed to manufacture rubber mulch
It might sound trite, but the very purpose of shredded rubber infill is to recycle old tires and prevent overflowing landfills after all. Trees and plants don’t have to be sacrificed to become mulching material. Recycling is the heart of rubber mulch manufacturing – an environmentally conscious move that is hard to ignore even with all the controversies surrounding it.
The bottom line is, doing careful research can help you decide if rubber mulch is the best option for your garden. More studies are being done on it, so it’s wise to keep yourself updated on the latest findings.