Green Solution: Rubber Mulch

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionMulch made from recyled tires is good for the environment and a child-safe play surface.
Made from 100 percent recycled rubber from old tires, rubber mulch is suitable to use on most landscapes. There are several benefits to using recycled rubber mulch. It is great for creating a safe play surface for children, it prevents new weeds from growing and does not attract insects plus it allows water and air to easily flow through. Most importantly, it helps the environment by keeping old tires from winding up in landfills or dumps.

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