A hard wearing, bound rubber shredded surface. Ideal for play areas requiring impact protection and awkward or unusual areas of landscaping.

Mulch requires no formal groundworks or raised edging, so it can be used to cover over almost any existing surface, including problematic grass mats or artificial turf, mounds and tree pits, gravel, paving, old bark pits or to overlay damaged or worn out wet pour.


3D Mounds and Shapes

3D Mounds and Shapes are perfect for adding colour to smaller play areas.

– At least 10mm thick
– Options include hopskotches, traffic signs and geometric shapes
– Each mound and shape is manufactured from coloured EPDM granules
– Install onto artificial grass, rubber mulch or Wetpour
– Retains colour for at least 5 years



Installers arrive on site wearing full PPE and sign in if required. Once equipment has been unloaded, installers measure area, take photos, check dips and report temperature.

The area is then dried with a gas lance and cleared of leaves and debris. Edges are primed twice.

Materials are mixed with a resin-binder and transported by wheelbarrow to the area for laying. The mixture of rubber and resin is levelled to the required thickness, and a screed, roller or hand trowel is used to smooth and lightly compact the surface to gain an even, level finish.

The surface is ready to use the following day.




  • Brent House

    Site Name: Brent House
    Location:  London
    Surface Type: Bound Gravel, Rubber Mulch and Artificial Grass

    This development consists of demolition of the existing building (a former council office building sited in Brent between Wembley Stadium and Wembley High Road on a 1.9 acre site) and construction of 248 apartments and c.6,000 sq. ft of retail space, around a new landscaped public plaza.

    DCM Surfaces installed Wetpour, Resin Bound Gravel and Articial Grass to various areas around the development site.

Rubber Mulch Case Studies



Rubber Mulch is a low maintenance product. However, it should undergo routine inspection and maintenance to keep it in optimum condition.






Q: Where is the rubber mulch sourced from?
A: All rubber is sourced from the UK and western Europe only. This ensures that our products comply with all current safety standards and are non-toxic.

Q: How soon can the surface be used after installation?
A: It is recommended to wait a minimum of 24 hours, especially during winter months when the binder could take longer to cure.

Q: Can graphics be installed into rubber mulch surfacing?
A: Abstract and coloured shapes can be created with rubber mulch, however rubber mulch graphics are not as defined as wetpour graphics, so we would recommend shapes being at least 0.5m in size for a quality finish.

Q: Is rubber mulch suitable in areas of high wear-and-tear? E.g. Swings and roundabouts.
A: Due to the large shred size of the rubber, the bond between the shred does not give as high a tensile strength as wetpour. Therefore, we would recommend using wetpour for areas which are likely to be subject to heavy wear-and-tear. This could simply be a wear pad of wetpour within a larger mulch area.

Q: Is rubber mulch porous?
A: Yes, rubber mulch is a porous product.

Q: Can vehicles be driven on rubber mulch?
A: Rubber mulch can accommodate light weight vehicles travelling across the surface (e.g. golf buggies), but it is not suitable for regular vehicle use.

Q: What can rubber mulch be laid onto?
A: Rubber mulch can be laid onto MOT Type 1, Concrete, Tarmac and Grass. However, there is a potential risk of soft spots in rainy areas when installing onto grass.

Q: How long will the rubber mulch surface last for?
A: This will depend on how heavily it will be used and how it is maintained. DCM have been back on sites that are 10 years old where the mulch is still in good condition.

Q: What do I do when my rubber mulch surface is looking tired or suffering from localised areas of wear?
A: Localised wear can be addressed by replacing the worn-out material to restore surface continuity. The surface can also be sprayed with a new coating of pigmented polyurethane to restore the colour and enhance surface strength. Both processes will greatly extend the life of your rubber mulch surface.

Q: How do I maintain the rubber mulch surface?
A: Sweep regularly and jet wash using a low pressure setting periodically to keep leaves, grass and other organic debris off the surface.

Q: What is rubber mulch made from?
A: Rubber mulch is made from shredded and granulated tyres which are then colour coated using a pigmented polyurethane binder.

Q: What depth is rubber mulch laid to?
A: The minimum depth rubber mulch can be laid to is 40mm.

Q: Can rubber mulch be installed in the rain?
A: Unfortunately, rubber mulch can only be installed in dry weather conditions.

Q: Is rubber mulch environmentally friendly?
A: Yes. All of the rubber used comes from recycling end of life tyres thus greatly reducing the landfill risk.