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Red Rubber Mulch

Red Rubber Mulch for Landscaping



List price: $899.00  

Short description:

Premium recycled rubber mulch with toxic free red dye.

Please note: If you need a quantity such as 1.5 or 2.5 tons etc, please call us at 800-778-6852.

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(Est. Delivery in 5 to 7 business days)

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Dyed rubber mulch is made from recycled tires and then dyed using non-toxic, highly durable paint. Because it is dyed, the color will last longer than that of natural mulches. Favored by low maintenance gardeners looking for exceptional weed control and long color life, rubber mulch can save time and money over conventional mulches as it lasts for well over a decade. Because you do not have to re-apply rubber mulch every year, you can save up to 65% over 5 years compared to traditional wood mulch. You save not only the costs of buying new mulch, but also on the labor (and hassle) of re-applying it on a yearly basis.

Here are some other advantages of rubber mulch for landscaping:

- insulates soil from heat
- better for soil moisture, as rubber is non-porous and does not absorb water on its way through to the soil
- soil moisture, as rubber is non-porous and does not absorb water on its way through to the soil
- stronger (resistant to decomposition, compression, wind and water erosion, bug and rodent infestation, and fading caused by sunlight)

"Rubber mulch can eliminate the need for annual mulching, since rubber doesn’t break down as wood does; it’s heavy enough to stay put; and you can use less of it than wood mulch: Rubber mulch need be only 1.5 inches deep vs. about 3 inches for wood mulch."
- Consumer Reports

We recommend a 2" depth in order to prevent weed seed from reaching the soil. Use our calculator to determine the amount of mulch needed for your landscaping needs.


Reviewed by 65 Customers

This was SO easy to spread and looks great! Ordered it on Monday, received it on Thursday! Excellent experience, although I may have underestimated my needs and may purchase another pallet shortly.

I am very satisfied. Good quality and great service.

Glad to let you know that we are 100% satisfied with the whole process. T ares we primarily cover were a large area along side the garage that we use for overflow parking and shrubbery coverage around the house. The parking area was used during Thanksgiving and agin at Christmas. It handled the traffic very well. There is no doubt that were we to expand coverage we would definitely be calling you. Its been a joy.

It has been a couple of weeks now since I had my rubber mulch delivered.
I must say I am very happy and satisfied. It looks good around my home.

It wasn't enough and you can only get it in 1/2 or full pallets or I would order what I needed. Besides that it is great and holds up nice. We get a lot of compliments and the dog and kids can now run around and have fun. We would recommend this to anyone with kids or pets that want to turn a muddy backyard into a playground.

I received my rubber mulch a couple of weeks now
and I really like it! I have gotten many compliments
from my neighbors. It looks good! Well worth the
money spent. I gave my neighbors your website.

We have done our flower beds and hillside in your red rubber mulch. It is awesome!!! Our neighbors are very vocal in admiration. No more pine straw in our yard. Thank you so much!

Thank you, the whole process was smooth. The driver was very professional

Our second order. Great product! Well packaged, arrived on time, courteous delivery person. Very satisfied!

Having used wood mulch for over the past 15 years, I have not been satisfied with the performance of wood mulch it quickly fades, rots, decays, and I had to replenish on a an annual basis which involves time and extra cost.

I discovered rubber mulch while performing research and was intrigued. I decided to order (3) pallets of Red Rubber Mulch as I made the decision to remove and replace all the existing cedar wood mulch with red rubber mulch around (20) tree and landscaping rings located within my 1 acre of land.

The delivery was seamless despite being a residential delivery. The semi-trailer had a lift-gate and the delivery guy had a pallet jack. The Red Rubber Mulch came in plastic bags which was easy to transport, open, and unload contents around tree rings.

Having installed the rubber mulch approx. 2 months ago, I’ve been impressed with the quality and color vibrancy of the red rubber mulch which has a nice burgundy hue as it compliments the burgundy bricks on the exterior of our house.

Living in Iowa, I can’t wait to see how the rubber mulch holds up to the 100 degree temperature extreme of summer versus winter months as well as the 12 year color fade warranty.

While the initial cost of rubber mulch is higher as compared to wood mulch, rubber mulch will easily become a lower cost solution in the long term as it won’t rot or decay which will save time and money as I no longer have to replenish and refresh this on an annual basis like I did with the wood mulch.

I’m currently the only one in my neighborhood using rubber mulch. I have several neighbors who are equally as curious to see how the rubber mulch performs as well as the color fade guarantee as they are seriously considering replacing their existing wood mulch with rubber mulch in the near future.

Nice job, Mulch Direct. I must say that I am highly impressed and look forward to evaluating the continued performance of the rubber mulch over the next several years!

Thank you to Mulch Direct! Not only was I pleased with the amount of money I saved, I was also pleased with the ease of the ordering process and the promptness of the delivery. The shipping company was very pleasant to work with and helped me get my pallet of mulch off the street. Mulch Direct was very clear about the roadside delivery, and I was prepared for the extra work. But for the money I saved, a little extra work was worth it! My expectations of this experience were very much exceeded! I will certainly order my next pallet from you!

This was my second order of red rubber mulch from this company. I highly recommend Mulch Direct both for the quality of the product and for the speed of delivery.

Excellent product. Delivered promptly and well-packaged. Looks beautiful!!! Will order again if needed. Recommended to several friends!

Loved the rubber mulch. Your product is way better then the rubber mulch you buy at the big name stores.

Product is excellent. Will order again as may be needed.
Little delay in delivery since trucking firm never left a msg ref delivery.
Several bottom bags were ripped due to broken pallet support and nail heads protruding into the bags.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is Rubber Mulch Safe?

Absolutely! Rubber mulch is 100% non-toxic and eco-friendly. "Playground surfaces can contain recovered rubber and PVC materials that are often more desirable than wood chips, sand, or asphalt, because they can provide more cushioning and thereby may be safer for children. You can find playground surfaces made with recovered materials at schools, military bases, and housing developments." -- Source

What are the benefits of rubber mulch in playgrounds?

One advantage of rubber mulch over other playground surfaces is it's elasticity or "spring". Rubber mulch's elasticity gives it a springy quality when used in thicker layers of 3 - 6 inches. Rubber mulch is a natural choice for playgrounds.

Where does the rubber come from?

Rubber Mulch is made of 100% recycled tires.

How long will Rubber Mulch hold its color?

Rubber Mulch from Mulch Direct will not fade in most environments for up to 12 years or more. We guarantee it.

Does it smell?

Once opened, Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch has an odor initially. However, within 48 hours, the smell will dissipate.

Is Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch dirty?

Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch is colored using a licensed process and seals the rubber after the desired color is applied.

Will Rubber Mulch stain clothes?

Unlike organic materials, Rubber Mulch will not stain clothes.

How is Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch packaged?

We offer both 40lb bags and 2,000lb supersacks.

What is a supersack?

A Supersack is a container-big bag, also known as bulk bag that contains approximately 2,000 lbs.

How much rubber mulch will I need?

Rubber Mulch can be used for many applications, please refer to our Rubber Mulch Calculator to give you an accurate estimate on how much you will need or call us at 800-778-6852 and we can assist you in calculating how much you need.

How do I install Rubber Mulch?

The most ideal way to install rubber mulch is over a weed fabric. We recommend using a weed fabric and not a plastic material because plastic is not permeable. When installing rubber mulch over a weed fabric, you will never have any weed problems, and you won’t have to worry about previous mulch debris mixing with it. Rubber Mulch can be installed over your previous wood mulch, but make sure the wood mulch has had time to decay and become compacted.

How do I maintain Rubber Mulch?

Simply use a leaf blower or a rake to remove yard debris.

Will Rubber Mulch decompose?

Rubber Mulch will not decompose. If fading begins after at least 12 years, you can either top-dress it with fresh Rubber Mulch or till it into the soil. Rubber Mulch is safe to till into the soil because it is nontoxic and acts as an aerator to help keep the soil from compacting. Similar rubber products such as crumb rubber are being used for the same purpose in athletic fields all across the country. You can also rake up your faded mulch to use as landfill.

What kind of insulation does it provide?

Rubber Mulch keeps soil 10° cooler in summer and 10° warmer in winter.

Does Rubber Mulch freeze?

Rubber Mulch does not absorb water, it will not freeze.

Is Rubber Mulch flammable?

Rubber Mulch is not flammable. Tire chips were tested in 1995 in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Substance Act (16 CFR 1500.44) to determine whether this material would be considered "flammable." (A material is considered flammable if it ignites and burns with a self-sustained flame at a rate greater than 0.1 inches per second along its major axis.) Per these test results, scrap tire material is considered nonflammable.

What if a child swallows a rubber nugget?

In 1994 the Maryland Environmental Services (MES) put this question to a series of tests. At the MES request, a testing laboratory subjected ¾-inch pieces of tire chips to hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). "Visual examination of insoluble residue appeared to indicate only fibrous reinforcing strands were dissolved by the hydrochloric acid. The tire rubber did not appear to be affected in any way; i.e., chalking, cracking, fracturing, etc." (PSI Report No. 486-40013-001)

*If a piece of rubber is swallowed, it should not cause any acute or chronic problems. Short-term issues, such as an upset stomach, will be a function of the amount of rubber swallowed. As to the fate of the rubber chips swallowed, they are eventually evacuated from the body, just like any other indigestible material.

How can I use Rubber Mulch with horses?

Rubber Mulch is great for horse arenas and stalls. It is easy on horses’ joints when they step on it, and it is dust free. Many of our customers mix in the rubber mulch with sand and dirt.

Has Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch been certified by outside agencies?

Mulch Direct Rubber Mulch meets all of the criteria established by the International Playground Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) and complies with ASTM F1292-04, Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation Under and Around Playground Equipment.

Shipping & Return Info

As part of our goal of offering high quality at an affordable price, we also offer a delivery system which is convenient and economical.

Delivery Times

Samples: Samples of mulch will generally be delivered within 5 business days.
Mulch Orders: Most orders will be delivered within 5 - 7 business days. Our delivery company will call you prior to coordinate.

Return Policy

Return of unopened packages are accepted within 30 days of receipt of product if accompanied with a valid RMA # supplied by contacting Customer is responsible for the initial freight cost incurred by MulchDirect as well as the cost of return freight. Additionally, there is a 15% restocking fee. Refund will be issued upon receipt of returned merchandise at our facility. Please note: Freight shipping can be costly.

Questions? Call us at 800-778-6852 or email us.


Rubber Mulch Calculator

Enter the dimensions for your playground or landscape and click the "Calculate" button.

Length (in feet)    

Width (in feet)      


Square Foot Coverage Area

For 2,000lbs / 1 Pallet

1" depth = 858 sq feet
1.5" depth = 667 sq feet
2" depth = 500 sq feet
3" depth = 286 sq feet
4" depth = 214 sq feet
5" depth = 171 sq feet
6" depth = 143 sq feet