We moved the swing set to the grassy area in a more shady area of the yard and planted some bushes and flowers in the area that it used to occupy. Then I hauled bag after bag of wood mulch to cover the bare dirt. That worked well, but recently it began to decompose and now I'm looking at other options.
I recently heard about Rubberecycle rubber mulch. Rubber mulch is a rubber granule made of 100% recycled scrap tires. It is much more durable and longer lasting than traditional mulch, so it doesn't need to be replaced as often as the wood chips, thus saving you both time and money.
Rubber landscape mulch creates insulation for your soil, allowing water and nutrients in, while keeping weeds out. It's available in a wide variety of colors that retain its vibrancy no matter what the weather. It has the same texture as traditional wood mulch, but does not attract bugs, rodents, mold or mildew and it won't decompose-ever!
Just a few weeks ago we tackled building a fire pit and I purchased a shed to go in the other corner. There still remains a considerable area of bare dirt. After hearing about Rubberecycle rubber mulch and reading about all the pros when compared to wood chips, I'm thinking it may be the solution I'm looking for. It should also reduce the amount of water I use on my plants and it will keep the soil cooler in summer and warmer in winter. In the fall, instead of raking, I can just use a leaf blower to clean up the area. Sure the initial expense will be more, but not having to replace it every other year will save money and wear and tear on my poor back.
Disclaimer: This was a paid post, but all opinions are my own. There are pros and cons of using rubber mulch and individually each homeowner should decide what is best for their landscape.