DIY: Installing a Rubber Mulch Resin Bound Surface

If you are a confident DIY-er or have experience in laying surfacing, then DIY Rubber Mulch Resin Bound Surfacing is for you!


green and brown rubber mulch playground floor close up

Rubber mulch is a surfacing product made from recycled vehicle tyres by shredding the tyres into varying depths and lengths. These are then polyurethane coloured to make a fantastic recycled rubber surfacing product.

One of the key benefits of using Safer Surfacing recycled rubber mulch as a resin bound material is the amount of surface preparation required is minimal.

Surface Preparation

rubber mulch installation guide

Safer Surfacing rubber mulch can be applied over almost any surface including flagstones, concrete, tarmac, MOT type 1 and grass.

When applying over grass we simply mark out the area to be covered, cut the grass very short and then apply a weed killer to the area. We then lay a weed suppressant membrane and then lay the mulch directly over it.

This typically laid to a depth of 40mm upwards, depending on any critical fall height requirements.

We advise creating a ‘V’ channel around the perimeter when laying Safer Surfacing resin bound surface so that the mulch can be laid into the ‘V’. A safe edge is then created as there is no trip area.


paddle mixer mixing resin bound rubber mulch

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You will need a mixer, a Barron or paddle mixer works well. Resin needs to be added at an 18% ratio (0.18kg of resin for every 1kg of mulch). Mix the resin and mulch until the mulch looks evenly coated. Pour the mixed batch into a container.


hand troweling resin bound rubber surfacing

Pour roughly into place over your prepared base. Spread the mulch mixture using a wooden batten, then float into position with a steel float.


close up installation of resin bound rubber flooring

You have approximately 40 minutes to work the material before it will start to cure. The material will be touch dry in 4-6 hours and should be fully cured in 24-48 hours (depending on temperature and humidity).

You should take care not to let the resin touch the skin or clothing as it will leave a black stain. Wear gloves and overalls whilst mixing and laying. Always mix in a well-ventilated area.

When the resin bound rubber has cured it is inert and non-toxic and will not stain.

We are always happy to help with any questions about any of our surfacing products – just email us at or call us on 0151 357 1391.

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