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Black Rubber Mulch

Black Rubber Mulch for Landscaping



List price: $899.00  

Short description:

Premium recycled rubber mulch with toxic free black 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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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 73 Customers

I love the free shipping. I got 50 bags today and tomorrow I am going to order 50 more of the black premium mulch for the playground.

We have installed our black rubber mulch and just love it. It’s a perfect match for our contemporary home, and, best of all, it’ll last forever. The rubber border is terrific too; it’s a wonderful boundary for our property. Five stars all the way for the mulch and border.

Great product. Neighbors are driving slowly by will order again. The delivery was very professional. 6000 lbs. put where I wanted it. Outstanding! Have to order more to finish my back yard. Would not order from anyone else.
Thanks for being what you advertise .

Well satisfied to this point

This is the second order I have placed with MulchDirect for rubber landscaping mulch. So far I have received 4 pallets of the black mulch and it has worked very well in my yard. The company was responsive to questions, shipping was fast and the shipping company was very accommodating. I would not hesitate on ordering more product from

Very happy with my purchase. Easy delivery and everything was there. Will buy again if needed.

Thank you!

getting the mulch from mulch direct was the best mulch experience I have had---and I have had a few over the years

bought 2 tons of black rubber mulch---in bags---having free delivery...and finding the product to be easy to work with--bags easy to open---a great thing

the deliveryman placed the palates in the garage---it has been quite convenient to use...and to place on the landscape

planning to call them again with next year's needs

Very good product, easy to order, delivered on time!

I was quite happy with my purchase. The product looks great in my yard. It arrived on a pallet dropped in my driveway in bags which made it easier for me to get it to the areas I needed. The cost was hundreds less than I could find it anywhere else.

Mulch has been down now for three months and we are very satisfied. Looks great. Cannot tell it is rubber except on close inspection. I was worried it would wash away but has held up in some huge rain storms. The best surprise was ease of installation. Easy to carry bags to location, cut and spread. Avoids the stinky, tedious job of shoveling normal much into and out of wheel barrow. It took a fraction of the time we previously spent each year – and hopefully we are done for a few years!

I was kinda bent out of shape waiting for the order to arrive. Even filed a dispute with pay pal..BUT when the order was finally delivered. The driver was awsome and helped me getting the load exactly where I wanted it( tipped him too). Then to my surprise AHHHHHH the bags were 20# and not 40#--I was elated to see that and in fact It was so much easier with the 20# bags that I completed the job the same day. I then cancelled the dispute with pay pal with a GOOD response to Mulch Direct..The product is awsome and I have had so many nice responses from the neighbors..It was well worth the wait..Thank you all.

I have nothing but positive things to say about this company. I am not a person who looks to find excuses in order to get something for free, but I do expect to get what I am promised. First, about the product, it is exactly what I hoped it would be. It looks great and I could not be more pleased. About the delivery; I ordered a couple of things at the same time and soon after I placed my order I received notice there were a couple things on backorder and they wanted to know if I still want to place my order. I said as long as the mulch came as promised, everything else will be fine to be received later. That is exactly what happened. In addition as stated by the company they only guarantee street delivery, but I was able to meet the driver at the time the mulch was being delivered, and I was able to get the mulch delivered exactly where I wanted it to be put. I had one issue with the mulch that I received, after putting everything down I realized there were two different shades of the mulch that I had received, and I notified Mulch Direct's customer service. Not only were they willing to replace what I had, but they had the factory manager personally deliver extra bags of mulch to make up for what they had sent me. Totally unexpected, and excellent customer service! I'm a person that does not expect everything to be perfect, but I look at individuals and companies when mistakes are made and how they handle those mistakes, and Mulch Direct did not disappoint, they did an I ncredible job! I would highly recommend ordering from this company and their product to anyone I come in contact with. Thanks again for a great experience, and a 100% satisfied customer.

So far I am well pleased with my mulch. We've had a couple hard rain events since the mulch was spread and it didn't move at all. It is actually lasts for 12 years as advertised, it will definitely be a good deal.

After receiving a professionally delivered pallet, delivery was super quick. I place the rubber mulch out and it looks amazing, its the talk of the neighborhood. I passed along the information hopefully you will receive more orders.


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