Mulch made of Recycled Tyres

@GreenMoo (11837)
May 25, 2008 11:28am CST
I've heard that you can buy a mulch for the garden which is made of recycled vehicle tyres. Now I'm all in favour of recycling things, but I'll be honest and say that garden mulch would not have been the first use I could think of for tyre rubber. I can't imagine why you'd want to use it instead of an organic mulch. I presume it doesn't need replacing, but I'd be concerned about leaching and of course it wouldn't improve the soil like an organic mulch would. Have you seen this stuff? Would you use it on your garden?
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@inked4life (4225)
• United States
25 May 08
I have never heard of tires being used for mulch. You see them quite a lot in playgrounds now and a lot of the new artificial turf field have recycled tires as the "soil". I can't imagine the garden would smell so good on a hot summers day with 25 recycled rubber tires lining your flower beds....LOL
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
I completely agree. Playground surfaces are a great use for them, but I just can't see why you'd want to use them in your garden!
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@tdemex (3545)
• United States
25 May 08
I've built a few playgrounds at schools and they used the recycled tires, so kids wouldn't get hurt if they fell. The only reason I'd think they use this is after it's been cured from chemicals and dried, would be for the black in the mix which would absort the heat from the sun to keep the soil warm? I really can't think of any other reason. Mabe someone will let us know more!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
As a playground surface I think they'd be great. But as a mulch ... ? Your idea about the black colour is a good one though. I'd not thought of that.
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• Lubbock, Texas
26 May 08
Umm the tire mulch we sold at the garden center where I used to work wasn't black, it was reddish brown. I don't know if it had been treated so it would look like a natural material or not. I just couldn't see using it for garden mulch. Sure was glad I worked in the office. I wouldn't have been able to tell people that it was great product.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
I've just looked it up on the net, and it comes in all sorts of weird colours. There was a picture of some blue stuff. Truly horrible!
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@peavey (16991)
• United States
26 May 08
I wouldn't use it, for the reasons already stated. Since they're so gung ho for recycling it, why don't they work on figuring a way to make new tires from it? Or other products that are made from rubber, like rubber bumpers.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
29 May 08
I agree with you Peavey. There must be a better use for it than this. Under play equipment I can understand, but not in your planting areas.
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• India
26 May 08
Tyres? Yuck, nopes, I wouldn't get any mulch or whatever made of recycled tyres to my garden. Sounds gross! Am all for organic stuff that improves the quality of the soil. Where did you hear of this?
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
Can you imagine what it would smell like in the sun? Yuck! The cardboard and cloth that I use under my mulch raise a few eyebrows, but at least they rot down eventually and add to the soil quality.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
26 May 08
some people use this for child play space - it is cleaned, but so the child doesn't get harmed if they fall.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
I can see it as a safety feature for under play equipment, but not for anywhere else in the garden.
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@GardenGerty (126884)
• United States
26 May 08
I have seen it. It is frequently used on playgrounds around where I live. I do not like it, it tracks in black smudgy stuff, and I sure would not put it on my garden.
@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
On playgrounds I can see it being useful, but in the garden ...? The post below is an interesting one, worth reading if you haven't already. I think it shows that we were right in our thinking that using it on the garden isn't something good.
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• Lubbock, Texas
26 May 08
I absolutely would not use this in the garden. I'm not even sure I would use it anywhere. How do they process the rubber so they can make pellets out of it? Probably a chemical they add to it. Where does that chemical go when the rubber is broken down and pelletized? To my mind, it's still in the rubber, which has chemicals added to it in the first place before it's made into tires. Those chemicals are probably going to leach into the ground, contaminating my soil. The reason I grow herbs and any veggies I can is to eliminate the chemical contaminants in commercially grown produce. That would make all my efforts to grow organic food counterproductive. Even if it's just used in flower gardens, how far out from the flower bed would the chemicals leach? It's just not worth risking.
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@GreenMoo (11837)
29 May 08
Thanks for that BeadDoodler. Your thoughts run pretty parallel to my own. It's worth reading the post above by JoyfulOne actually. It pretty much says that what i suspected about this stuff is true. Yuck!
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@JoyfulOne (6241)
• United States
26 May 08
Yes, I've heard of this. At first look, it does seem to be a good way of recycling. Personally, I would never, ever use this kind of mulch myself. There is a new trend where they grind up the tires and make pellets/sand from them, and then they use them in artificial turf, under playground equipment, mulch, and other ways. You are right to be concerned about leaching. They have been doing studies on them and how they impact the environment negatively, from contaminating groundwater, to water sources, and even the question of releasing carcinogens. I suggest strongly that anyone who even is considering using this stuff read this report at Environment and human health, Inc. and read the negative findings that they are having with the use of these recycled tires. http://www.ehhi.org/reports/turf/ The committee that wrote this report consists of Drs, public health professionals, and other experts. You could not pay me to use this mulch!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
Thankyou very much indeed for this post JoyfulOne, and for the link to read more. You've confirmed what I suspected about them. Not nice at all!
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@ruby222 (4848)
25 May 08
No moo I havent heard of this new type of mulch,and it sounds quite weird!!you cant imagine that rubber can be put to use as mulch,but then again maybe its treated or combined with something else.Rubber is so pungent you would almost think that it would be a bad thing to put near your plants and garden as opposed to a good thing..but lol what do I know!!..My Da had a very good way of recycling rubber,he used to sole our shoes with it!!..
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@GreenMoo (11837)
26 May 08
It does sound a bit weird doesn't it. I don't fancy the smell at all, particularlyif it's sitting in the sun.
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