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Brown Rubber Mulch

Brown Premium Rubber Mulch for Playgrounds



List price: $899.00  

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Make your playground as safe as possible while saving money with rubber mulch. Due to its soft and elastic nature, recycled rubber is the safest playground...
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Make your playground as safe as possible while saving money with rubber mulch. Due to its soft and elastic nature, recycled rubber is the safest playground surface for preventing serious fall injuries. When compared with other playground safety surfaces, rubber mulch will cushion a child’s fall better than most other surfaces (please note that grass or dirt are not considered safety surfaces and many children are severely injured after falling on a playground with grass or dirt as a safety surface). Rubber mulch also maintains its beauty even after years of exposure to the elements. Our 12 year color guarantee ensures that your mulch will look fresh year after year.

Our products are made from 100% recycled tire rubber and are IPEMA certified to ASTM standards.

Additional advantages of rubber mulch for playgrounds:

  • 99.9% steel free
  • Does not blow away or wash away
  • Will not fade for up to 12 years
  • Resistant to decomposition, compression, wind and water erosion
  • Weather-friendly - never freezes
  • Does not attract termites, carpenter ants or other harmful insects
  • Will not float away in storms
  • Rainproof - does not absorb as much water, allowing for quicker drying after rain
  • Always dry and ready to play almost immediately after even the heaviest rain
  • Environmentally friendly - made of recycled tires which saves trees and valuable landfill space
  • ADA approved, in conformance with CPSC guidelines
  • Cost-effective - 12 year color guarantee!
  • Non-toxic. Non-abrasive. Non-staining.
  • Rubber granules are a mixture of 3/8" and 3/4" nuggets

For residential playgrounds, we recommend a 3 inch depth. For commercial playgrounds, the industry standard is a 6 inch depth. Check depth annually to ensure proper protection.

Interested in learning how rubber mulch is made? Click here for more information.


Reviewed by 108 Customers

A great experience. Love the product. It arrived as promised, well-packaged. The semi driver was very cooperative and helpful. Before the sun set, we had 2,000-pounds of rubber tire mulch in place in our play area. I highly recommend Mulch Direct!

Excellent service and communication - delivered on time; product was well-packed on pallet - due to gravel apron, had to drop the pallet on the apron and couldn't deliver directly onto the driveway. Used wheelbarrow to quickly empty the pallet. Mulch did have some fuzzy clumped particles from shredding that had to be picked out and disposed of.

Hi, very happy with order, but I was wondering if it would be possible to buy 4-5 bags of same mulch?

I liked the convenience of buying through Mulch Direct and having it delivered for free. My only complaint would be the packaging. I had 6 bags that were busted, and being that the rubber mulch is not cheap, I wish that they were packaged better. Knowing that you will probably have some busted bags, the company should throw a couple of extra bags per pallet to make it right.

Response: Hi Robert! Someone from our customer care team will be reaching out to you to make this right. Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority.

We were very happy with our purchase of rubber mulch. The color was exactly what we wanted and delivery was much faster than expected. We would highly recommend Mulch Direct.

I’m very pleased with my purchase. Your product is very quality and the rubber mulch looks wonderful in my yard. I have had several neighbors inquire about the mulch I put down this year. I referred them to your website and customer service. Thanks for the great customer service!

I am very pleased to report that the service provided by yourselves from ordering on-line to delivery was first class and fully deserves 10 out of 10. I would award your delivery agent 12 out of 10 for the excellent and helpful service provided by the truck driver. The rubber mulch is excellent and was easy to put down. I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending your company and the product I purchased.

I am very happy with the product. Delivery was exactly how they said it would be. It was delivered on time and the product was great. I have recommended this to all of my neighbors that are looking at playsets. I will buy again from Mulch Direct.

I have been working with multiple companies in order to get our playground installed. You were by far the fastest, most efficient and most helpful company I have worked with. Thank you for being the light in an otherwise frustrating process.

The order came quickly and the product arrived intact. The quality of the product is great, there are a few bags that had some larger fibrous pieces that had to be pulled out but 99.9% of the mulch was perfect and it looks great.

We were pleased with the timely shipment & with the rubber mulch! We would definitely buy from Mulch Direct again!

The mulch is great. All information was correct. Delivery was on time. We couldn't be happier.!!!!!!

Product is great. Looks good. Shipping was very convenient. Fully satisfied.

We think the product is as described. After receiving the samples, we ordered the 2,000 lbs of the brown rubber mulch. We were able to distribute it this past weekend (2/25). We are very pleased with the product. We have established a Keen barrier with the mulch on top. We are very happy with the product and look forward to years of weedless joy.

This is a 3rd order this was as good as the first one great service and no fuss


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.

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Rubber Mulch Calculator

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

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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