While others might find a blanket of snow on their gardens invigorating and fresh, many will likely associate it with back-breaking shoveling, allergies, and overall despair at the thought of slipping and sliding on snow – or of their precious plants dying in that icy onslaught. The good news is that rubber mulch has winter-time benefits, too.
Brighten up your landscape
Brightly colored rubber mulch can jazz up your winter landscaping with a myriad of colors you associate with your favorite season. Feel like extending summer or spring indefinitely? The cheery reds and yellows mixed with the vibrant greens of a rubber mulch pallet can recall a blooming, sunny garden even in the midst of a blizzard. Rustic browns and orange accents can summon autumn. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination and creativity allow them to be.
Slip-proof your walkways
Rubber mulch offers the kind of traction that is beneficial if you have outdoor walkways and footpaths you frequently use. If you have bare, slippery walkways that will likely get rained or snowed on, you can introduce rubber mulch to them as early as fall. Doing this will make walking outdoors practically accident-free.
Battle garden molds and mildew
Unlike organic mulches, shredded rubber will discourage molds and mildew from wreaking havoc in your winter garden. Because it doesn’t decay or decompose, you won’t have to spend your winter holidays worrying how your garden will look after all that snow has melted. Also, rubber actually discourages weed germination.
Keep your plants disease-free
One unpleasant activity which winter can inherit from a careless autumn season is raking leaves. While the russets, golden-browns,and reddish-orange hues of fall are alluring, the leaves and foliage making up this palette can mean a soaked mat of potential diseases for your precious winter plants. If you’ve been a tad neglectful about raking fallen leaves, rubber mulch can be your friend. Occasional raking is all it needs to avoid contaminating your plants with fungi and diseases, or suffocating your lawn grass (something un-raked organic mulches tend to do).
The moody greys and off-whites of winter can make any garden or landscape (and anyone gazing at it) sad. Seasonal affective disorder is real, and a lot of it has to do with the mood-influencing sights, sounds, and sensations of cold weather. Fret not, because rubber mulch can save the (wintry) days in its own simple ways!