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I actually installed rubber mulch this year for a customer. I bought like 40 bags of black mulch. It looks great, but a pain to get leaves out of in the fall. I will see what it looks like in the spring, but I bet it looks the same jet black as it does now. I charged them alot more for the rubber, almost triple if I remember correctly...so the only had me do the front of their house with rubber and the rest with wood.
Several local material suppliers have started producing the Rubber Mulch on site here and selling it by the cubic yard. It definately retains it color over the winter months but as Billz posted, it is miserable to clean out the debris from leaves, perennials, and everything else that gets in it.
Set the blower to super low...LOL... *
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Jan. 15 2007,10:20)]How do they make it onsite? Do they shred tires or something like that?
Actually the rubber has already been treated in some manner and arrives in square blocks. At this point it is fairly clean but still contains a small amount of the metal from the steel belts in tires I assume. These rubber blocks are then loaded into a shredder that also magnetically removes the remaining metal and discharges it to a collection area. I was impressed with the high quality mulch it produces. The finished product is very consistent in texture and extremely clean.
This machine sounds big and complex but is actually quite small, about the size of a pickup truck.