With just a little bit of imagination, there are countless things you can do to your garden to spruce it up and give it a vibrant look. From border control to fence dressing; from creating a beautiful entrance to lining pathways with lights — the possibilities are endless.
A common product that’s used for practical purposes in garden maintenance is wood chippings. Traditionally, wood chippings have been used for jobs such as mulching walkways and for use between raised beds. And they’ve always done a pretty nice job.
Wood chippings have their drawbacks, though.
Because wood chippings are a natural product, they’re subject to the same forces as all natural things, which is breakdown and deterioration. Not only that, they’re also the perfect home to things you don’t want in your garden, such as insects, termites, mold and fungus.
Many gardeners and homeowners looking for a beautiful garden that lasts longer and requires little maintenance have been enjoying an alternative solution. Rubber chippings and rubber mulch provide all of the same benefits as traditional wood chippings, plus as an array of additional benefits.
Benefits of Rubber Chippings
Unlike wood chippings, rubber chippings do not attract insects, termites, mold and fungus.
This is largely due to the way in which the rubber repels water. Wood chippings tend to soak up dew and rain water, which then changes the properties of the chippings.
As the sun heats the damp wood chips, it creates the perfect environment for mold and fungus to thrive. It also provides a very cozy home that insects and termites thrive in as well.
Rubber chippings, on the other hand, repel water and allow it to drain straight off and into the ground below. That means the water reaches the places it’s meant to reach — your plants — while remaining unfriendly to the things you don’t want living there.
It’s Cost Effective Too
While the initial purchase of rubber chippings is slightly more than wood chippings, in the long run it usually works out cheaper.
Wood mulch and wood chippings have a shorter life cycle than rubber chippings. They breakdown over time, which means they need to be replaced more frequently.
Not only does that incur the cost of the chippings themselves, it can also mean an additional labor cost if you employ an outside contractor to carry out the work for you.
Rubber chippings last considerably longer than wood chippings, which makes them a far more cost-effective solution if you plan on enjoying your garden for many years to come.
Bright and Vibrant
One other great benefit of rubber chippings and rubber mulch is that you can buy it in a variety of vibrant colors.
With some clever design on your part, you can create a wonderful looking garden or landscape. By using a selection of colours, you can mark out particular segments of your garden, which can really help bring out the full charm and vibrancy.
As with many things in life, the uses you can put rubber chippings to in your garden are only limited by what you can imagine!