Feb 20, 2019

Which is better? Rubber Mulch vs Wood Mulch

Is Rubber Mulch from Recycled Rubber Tires a Damage to the Environment

Which is better: Wood Mulch vs. Rubber Mulch Rings

Recently there has been some concern about Recycled Rubber Mulch as Tree Rings and. Are they a damage to the environment? Are they any better than regular wood mulch? Why should I use one over the other? 

We thought this would be a good topic to visit before the warmer months arrive in full swing. Considering we are sellers of Rubber Mulch Tree Rings,, we don't want you to think we are going to be one sided and report the news biased. We are looking to understand the benefits and uses just as much as you are. So after research and looking into things here's some of the stuff we thought was important to address. For us personally, we will say we have sold rubber mulch mats and tree rings to our consumers for years and have generally had great reviews from our customers. In the process of our research we did find some downsides and we're glad to share that information with you. 

How reliable and sturdy is the rubber mulch compared to wood chips? 
Rubber mulch has the reputation for being long lasting and durable, and has been growing in popularity in recent years. It's especially popular as a ground cover for playgrounds because of its soft and springy bounce. But it has been gaining ground in the garden as well. Rubber mulch is a recycled product, made of old tires that have been stripped of metal parts. Landscape experts say that the mulch does not fade as fast as traditional wood mulch and won't float or blow away like many softwood mulches do during heavy rains or high winds. Rubber Mulch is also not stained and will not dry out in color from rain and other outside forces of nature that may attack it. If you buy red mulch for example, You will find the soil to have a reddish color and the mulch getting lighter over time. With the rubber mulch this is little to not little at all. 

What does the Rubber Mulch do to weeds?

Mulches suppress weed growth by blocking the necessary light most weed seeds need for germination and early growth. A sufficiently deepen layer of rubber mulch, usually 2 inches or more, provides similar weed suppression capabilities as wood mulch. Although this weed suppression ability provides distinct advantages, rubber mulched areas must be weeded by hand.  
How much maintenance is required to keep the rubber mulch vs wood mulch?
{Properly installed} rubber mulch requires less to none maintenance compared to wood mulch and can last for 10 or more years; wood mulch is generally replaced each year. Rubber Mulch and Wood Mulch allows water and fertilizer applications to pass through to the soil. Sometimes wood will soak it up. Rubber mulch also does not attract termites or carpenter ants like wood mulch does, which will protect your flowers, plants and home from the pests.One negative is its price; it's quite a bit more expensive than other mulch products. But because it lasts significantly longer, you may actually see cost-saving benefits over the long haul.
What happens to old tires that are not recycled?
Old tires that cannot be recycled are usually found in landfills. They are not biodegradable. Other tires are being burned releasing toxic chemicals in the air. In the U.S alone Americans throw out 300 million tires a year. Environmentalist such as Conserv A Store reuse these tires so they are not being uselessly thrown aside. Manufacturers are now more open to recycling these tires and making them into something that is new and innovative which creates a circular economy. These manufacturers are taking the tires and shredding them down into other items such as rubber bands, tree rings, mulch, auto parts, and rubber belts. 

What does rubber mulch vs wood mulch do to the soil?
Rubber mulch cannot be tilled into the soil, therefore weeding is usually done by hand. Rubber mulch also does not provide the nutrients or organic matter to soil that wood does when it decomposes. Rubber mulch must eventually be removed.To lay down weed fabric; helps with preventing weeds and also ensures that the rubber doesn't get into the ground. Our experts say it's extremely hard to remove it when it does.Experts agree that mulching in the spring or fall is a good way to inhibit weed growth, retain moisture and add to the aesthetic appeal of your landscape. Rubber mulch also blocks evaporation and prevents the soil from overheating. The mulch itself isn't porous enough to hold any moisture on its own and will not soak it away from the soil.  

How easy is it to install Rubber Mulch?

Rubber mulch may also require a little bit more effort considering it is lasting for 10 years or more at a time. With this being said it is also heavier and may take some planning ahead of time. For planting beds, the soil must be fully amended prior to installing the mulch. Overall it may be a combo team of yourself and someone else to help you get it perfectly because it will take more effort than buy and place. Sometimes you may need to cut it to fit your garden perfectly and or if you get Pour in Place Rubber Mulch you need to fit an unusual area it will take more research to do it correctly.  

Does Rubber Mulch give off toxic chemicals that can damage my garden?

Toxicity concerns from chemicals leaching from the rubber are the main disadvantage of rubber mulch. Heavy metals sometimes can pose a health hazard, so it's best not to use rubber or wood mulch for vegetable gardens or edible plant beds. Leached chemicals can stunt growth and eventually plant death. Unfortunately, the chemicals may also leach past the garden bed and taint groundwater sources so we suggest purchasing a quality rubber mulch that has been stripped and cleaning properly. 
Wood mulch is also a chance of transporting diseased trees to your garden. Wood mulch is nothing more than trees that are not worthy being chopped up. If there is a diseased tree and then it's then turned into mulch, you then have a larger issue on hand. 

Is it being flammable something I should worry about?

Both rubber mulch and wood mulch are flammable. In a Consumer Report test, rubber mulch burned hotter and faster than wood mulch. Rubber mulch is also harder to put out once it is ignited. Of course organic mulch are more difficult to ignite and the fire will spread slower. If you are looking to purchase rubber or wood mulch we suggest make sure you are not in a high fire risk area - regardless of either offering long term benefits. neither is a good choice when you live in a high fire risk area.

We do like to offer non bias information. In that we do not want to sway one way or the other, we came across this video describing the harmful effects of using rubber mulch. Please look at this as well and make your own judgement from there.
We will say we are old enough to remember the mountains of used tires inhabiting land fills in the 60's and 70's which we guess were not very environmentally friendly either

Overall, it's no secret that mulching improves water retention and prevents weeds in the soil. Most mulches are made of organic materials, such as wood or straw. Rubber mulch resembles wood chips but supplies a longer-lasting synthetic mulch option. Rubber has both advantages and disadvantages. It truly depends on the person and purpose when it comes to if it will be beneficial to you or your landscape. Chemically redesigned to do other jobs than what it was initially intended for as well as what type of rubber tires it comes from has an impact on whether it will be good or not so much. Have Questions? Contact us here www.conservastore.com


As always we're here to help when you're ready. If you need anything rubber related for Garden, Landscape, or Commercial uses, we are available to service your needs! 

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Feb 2, 2019

Quick Green Update by Conservastore.com Work Week ending February 1st, 2019

The Quick Green Update is a weeks review of items we found interesting in the news or from newsletters we get from organizations or vendors. 





Measuring Wind fr a Drone is Important for Wind Farm Owners and Managers



As the planet relies more on Green Energy what seems like unimportant tasks say for an oil and gas world model become very important for say for Wind Power. One such task is measuring the wind speed and direction. This company is a leader in offering tools for measuring wind particulars
Here's an article on what they do


Marketing tips for eco-friendly hotels


A Green Approach to business pays for itself. In Hospitality the initial cost of products to reduce utilities is made up over the years that the products are used in service reducing cost constantly
Here's a testimony to this from an expert in New England--He calls it the Green Hotel Revolution






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Water Saving for Apartment Management Profitability is very important-We Can Help!




Conservastore is a solutions directed company and we LOVE water saving!!
Are you an apartment complex that wants to save on that gigantic water billl you have? We would like to be involved. Please contact us @ 407 898 2284. We will ask you to retrieve some data on your monthly water utility bill, how many units are in the development and what their plumbing design is, your irrigation system and usage, and if you offer any incentives to residents for water saving and we will be quite pleased to tailor a program and offer a cost to help you reduce the total water usage of your company

See you next week
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Jan 26, 2019

Quick Green Update by Conservastore.com Work Week ending January 25th 2019

The Quick Green Update is a weeks review of items we found interesting in the news or from newsletters we get from organizations or vendors. 
Obviously we believe in Green Issues and Sustainability but we're pretty agnostic on political party.We just wish the world's parties would make decisions based on solid well founded analysis that benefits the general majority of the populace. We feel if this happens Sustainability will get a seat at the table

Sorry we've been a bit slack the past few weeks. Fraid it's gonna happen on occasion so have patience with us

Also if there is a Green related topic you want us to research for you let us know and we'll give it a look since we do get a lot of publications across our computer desk

Here's what we found of interest  on Green Related News this week from our reading and  listening:
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Water prices in the USA
What does drinkable water cost in the USA
Here's an interesting graph
Sadly water does not cost much. We say sadly since we feel a 50% jump in the cost of potable 
water would drive an amazing increase in water saving by the populace
Prob is governments are scared to let the price rise since most Americans see economical water as a right.






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Jinko has a facility in Fla USA 



Jinko Solar is the largest manufacturer of Solar PV Panels in the world. Since they are Chinese owned is frankly hard to get hard data on their performance
Last summer the Chinese govt which is always intertwined with many of the country's technology decided enough solar had been made for a while and cut back on subsidies to reduce the demand a bit

This greatly damaged the prospects of JinkoSolar. But today there's some good news
Jinko was able to show testing for a higher output in their cells that will possibly allow them to raise their prices a bit
Here's the article




Roll Out Rubber Mucl 18" x 6 ft by Conserv-A-Store
Conservastore Roll Out Rubber Mulch--is recycled content

The Conservastore Edge Border and Roll out Rubber Mat of recycled rubber tires is a great solution for many places in the yard, garden, or community property where other previous attempted solutions such as loose wood or loose rubber mulch, stones and rocks, pine straw etc just does not offer a permanent solution
Here's a note from the factory we use on how the rubber is sorted and made ready to help you
"Particle size - Raw material originates as 100% recycled commercial waste stream rubber called buffing. A buffing sieve analysis is performed prior to the materials being colored and bagged. We selectively classify our recycled buffing material, and carefully sort particle sizes ranging from 3/8” to 2”. It is necessary to have the right combination and proportionate particle sizes so the finished product weaves and knits together by design."Conservastore and the factory then use a self developed process to add binder to the rubber and then cut it uniformly to the sizes you need
Here's our Edge Border
Here's our Roll out Rubber Mulch
As with all of our products if you live in an apt but feel this product would help your friends that own a home please pass it on to them or pass on to your apt grounds crew as well

See you next week
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Jan 7, 2019

Quick Green Update by Conservastore.com Work Week ending January 4th 2019

The Quick Green Update is a weeks review of items we found interesting in the news or from newsletters we get from organizations or vendors. 
Obviously we believe in Green Issues and Sustainability but we're pretty agnostic on political party.We just wish the world's parties would make decisions based on solid well founded analysis that benefits the general majority of the populace. We feel if this happens Sustainability will get a seat at the table

Here's what we found of interest  on Green Related News this week from our reading and  listening:

First of all Happy New Year--Feel that's one holiday all humans acknowledge and celebrate
Of course the Lunar New Year is next in about a month


We will from time to time focus on a Green Sustainable Security Stock or Bonds. Many people are loaded with oil and gas in their investment portfolios but Sustainable companies can make you $$

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Vestas is the Danish wind power manufacturer Their stock symbol is VWDRY
Their stock had a nice last few months in year 2018 although the entire year showed only a small increase

Green Power is a bit disintegrated from an investments point of view
You have pure manufacturers like Vestas but these manufacturers will often do installs as well
Then you have install only companies that do not manufacture and then you have consolidators that may partner with the developer of the project or actually be the developer of the project. Then you have the Chinese Govt which is the big tuna in the room since they affect how much production they allow Chinese companies to produce and these companies are the largest manufacturers of sustainable energy on the planet
We'll try to keep you up to date

Recycled Rubber Mulch Mat Square 5 ft x 5 ft by Conserv-A-Store
5Ft x 5Ft Square Rubber Tree Protector Mat

Conservastore has a large suite of Recycled Tire Mulch products both molded ie manufactured and for pouring at the job site
Here's our category for these products
We would be glad to help you with our own personal solution-can you give us an idea of the square footage involved and possibly a pic of the area and we'll suggest a solution

Here's a few more articles we found of interest for you:
Our Universe could be an expanding Bubble

China lands on the dark side of the Moon

See you next week
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Jan 1, 2019

Quick Green Update by Conservastore.com Work Week ending December 28, 2018

The Quick Green Update is a weeks review of items we found interesting in the news or from newsletters we get from organizations or vendors
Obviously we believe in Green Issues and Sustainability but we're pretty agnostic on political party.
We just wish the world's parties would make decisions based on solid well founded analysis that benefits the general majority of the populace. We feel if this happens Sustainability will get a seat at the table


Here's what we found of interest  on Green Related News this week from our reading and  listening:



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The Brits have an ever strengthening rejection of plastic shopping bags. Of course parts of USA states have exhibited the same. If you ever go kayaking in the Everglades or other great bodies of water and see all the bags washed up in the mangroves it sorta gives a pause to how man's attn to convenience conflicts so strongly with other non human species

Here's the UK Govt position


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We have always felt the strong 2 party system in the USA can be a detriment to moving the ball forward. Some 1st world countries have very strong multi party governments.
 Heres how the German Green Party has gained great strength the past few years and of course they often have Green issues front and center in their goals



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Conservastore offers a "Shop by Room" Section of our webstore
The point is really for us to help you do an inventory of a given room in your home to make sure you have not forgotten Green options that will save you $ while giving you solid additions to your lifestyle like Water Saving Toilets, LED Light Fixtures, Recycled Molded Rubber products and more.
Check out our Shop by Room here


Happy 2019 to all. Here we go again. Let's try to treat each other with respect this year and OF COURSE THINK GREENER!!

See you next week
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