On top of reducing mess, using rubber mulch mats in place of real garden mulch saves you a ton of money. A typical bag of mulch will run you anywhere between $45 and $130 per cubic yard, which starts to add up. When it rains, it gets slimy and gross, and the wind blows it everywhere, making a huge mess. You have to purchase more every year, so it’s an endless cycle of spending money on mulch. But with these mats, you can simply roll them up and put them away in storage once winter hits (or keep them up year-long if you live in warmer areas).
These mats aren’t necessarily cheap, so you might have to spend a good chunk of cash up front, depending on the size of your space, but you only have to purchase them once. For instance, this option is listed on Amazon for $74, or this red option costs $83 from Home Depot. Mulch mats come in a variety of sizes, but if you can’t find one with the exact measurements you need, rubber is actually super easy to cut. This means you can customize the mat to fit your space.