One of the best applications for recycled tires is to turn them into rubber mulch for gardening and landscaping. Rubber mulch serves many of the same purposes as regular wood mulch but it has the added benefits of longer lasting durability, high permeability, and a weight that keeps it from blowing away.
Rubber mulch does not absorb any rain water so it allows more water to reach plant roots. Another plus is that unlike some wood mulches, rubber mulch does not feed pests, such as termites or carpenter ants. Additionally, rubber mulch eliminates the need for annual mulching—while wood mulch degrades and fades quickly from sun exposure, rubber mulch does not decompose and should maintain its color for more than 10 years.