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Preserve your garden, enhance its aesthetic and reduce weed growth with the wide selection of yard mulch at Ace. Choose from rubber mulch or dyed wood chips to beautify your outdoor space and improve the quality of your soil.

What is Rubber Mulch?

Mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of soil to aid in its conservation. Aside from enhancing the visual appeal of a lawn, mulch improves the soil by adding moisture and reducing weed growth. 

Rubber mulch is made up of 100-percent recycled rubber and is a popular choice for gardens and playgrounds. It lasts longer than wood chips or gravel and doesn’t rot, decay or fade over time. Rubber even provides up to 12-foot fall protection, making it an excellent option for playgrounds. 

Rubber mulch also significantly reduces weed growth while still allowing water to seep through to the soil below. You're less likely to find garden pests harboring in rubber mulch, too. It's durable enough to hold up in strong winds and storms, making it a great option for commercial landscaping.

Rubber Mulch vs. Wood Mulch

Rubber mulch is made up of recycled rubber predominantly from car tires whereas wooden yard mulch in black, brown and red color varieties is made from wood chips. The chips consist of recycled and dyed wood waste and are popular for adding a little color to gardens. Colored mulch can provide a stark contrast to plants and is favored for its aesthetic. 

Some gardeners find that black mulch absorbs the sunlight and heats the soil, making it great for plants that require warm soil. Red mulch and brown mulch infuses the lanscape with rich natural tones that complement the look of plant growth.

Colored mulch is non-toxic and safe to handle, however, you should wear gloves when dispersing the mulch since the dye can be transferred to your hands. 

What to Consider When Purchasing Mulch

At Ace Hardware, we carry mulch in a variety of different materials and colors. Consider your landscaping needs and the aesthetic you desire when making your decision.

  • Material: Rubber mulch may be a better option if you have children playing on it. Colored yard mulch can be more aesthetically pleasing but may decay and fade over time.
  • Safety: Rubber offers some cushion underfoot. Wood chips can splinter and harden over time.
  • Weather: Consider whether the mulch will be exposed to moist conditions, dry weather or hot temperatures. 
  • Maintenance: Wood chips may fade and need to be replaced every few years or you can enhance the look of wood mulch with color renewal sprays. 
  • Aesthetic: Colored mulch can brighten your landscaping and complement plants life.
  • Weed-resistance: Look for mulches designed to discourage weed growth, insects and fungus.
  • Soil preservation: Choose mulch that helps keep the proper amount of moisture in the soil.

At Ace Hardware, we understand that every landscaping project is unique. That's why we carry a large selection of shredded mulch and mulch nuggets to suit your needs. Choose from bark, pine, cedar, rubber and more options. Our mulch comes in many shades to make your garden pop and complement your yard.

Visit your local Ace Hardware store to discuss your landscaping needs with our expert and friendly staff and explore seed and fertilizer spreaders to help with your landscaping projects.