How to Install Rubber Mulch

What You'll Need
Rubber Mulch
Landscaping Fabric (made out of cloth)
Scissors or knife
Staples or Liquid nails

Installing rubber mulch can be an easy task to do, especially when you have the right tools and materials. Remember that before you begin, you must prepare the ground for the mulch to be safe for a playground or walkway.

Step 1 - Grade the Surface Area

Prepare the area where the rubber mulch will be installed to ensure the safety of children and also the durability of the black rubber mulch. Grade over the surface of the installation area with a rake.

Step 2 - Debris Removal and Digging

Remove all sticks, rocks and overall debris from the area where the mulch will be placed. If the mulch will be installed in a recreation area such as a playground, dig at least 6 inches.

Step 3 - Flatten Terrain

The hole area must be flat and have a drop of roughly 1 inch for every 10 feet in order to secure the flow of water. For this, use a pick to soften the dirt, and use a shovel and a hoe to evenly distribute the dirt.

Step 4 - Lay Landscaping Fabric

Stretch a cloth landscaping fabric over the surface where the mulch will be applied. With the scissors or with the knife, cut an X where there you will plant trees or other objects coming out of the ground.

Step 5 - Secure Landscaping Fabric

Use the staples or Liquid nails to attach the edging of the landscaping fabric. This ensures that the mulch will remain in place and prevent the formation of air pockets. Whenever there are air pockets, weeds will grow under the rubber mulch, making it very unstable.

Step 6 - Shovel Mulch

Shovel the rubber mulch to install it. Whenever you need to create an elevation or a slope, it is recommended you add soil. After the rocks and the soil have been added, use the fabric to cover the surface area.

Step 7 - Choose Depth

To ensure consistency and an even terrain, you must evenly distribute the rock and soil. It should be around 2 inches deep in all surface areas. Whenever the mulch is part of a playground, make sure to make it 6 inches deep in order to add an extra cushion in order the break children's falls more easily. Walkways or running tracks do not need to be this deep.

Step 8 - Smooth Terrain for Safety

Once the rubber mulch is installed, use a rake or a hoe to make the mulch even to avoid trips or falls, and to make the ground safer for children.