Wood Mulch vs. Rubber: Which is Best for you?

Choices in mulch seem nearly endless these days. From different types of wood, to gravel, to fully synthetic rubber options, there’s something out there to suit any taste. One of the most common questions we get is whether to go with a natural or a synthetic mulch. It serves two purposes, to be both functional and decorative. At K&B, we always recommend wood mulch, as it offers a number of benefits that other alternatives simply can’t match.

Advantages of Wood

Being that wood mulch is natural, they have an added benefit of providing your plants and soil with additional nutrients over time. As the wood slowly breaks down in the elements, they release essential nutrients into the soil which enhances its fertility, helping your plants thrive. Once the mulch decomposes to the point of exposing the topsoil, simply use a tiller and work it into the soil to complete the decomposition.

Wood mulch is available in a number of different colors, sizes, and textures to suit any landscaping theme. They enhance the look of your home while protecting your property from weeds and excessive water evaporation. Wood mulch is also a great value in that they are resistant to wind erosion because of their weight.

Disadvantages of Synthetics

One of the biggest issues we have with rubber mulch is that it does not enhance the quality of the soil in the way that wood does. Think of rubber mulch as a cover for your topsoil, letting very little in or out – including important nutrients. Because many rubber mulches are made from repurposed rubber from other industries, it can contain heavy metals which can work their way into the soil, potentially poisoning surrounding plants. If you do have rubber mulch on your property, it is imperative that you periodically check to ensure the health of your plants is not being compromised.

Petroleum is a major component in many rubber products, which makes it a potential fire hazard. If using rubber mulch, keep it away from your home to avoid issues.

At K&B Mulch, we offer only the finest wood chip mulch in the area so you know that you’re getting a quality product that will keep your home looking great for a long time to come. Contact us today at 386-734-3553 with any questions.