People can sometimes take so much time making all of the landscaping decisions that when it comes time to pick between rock or mulch for their ground cover, they essentially flip a coin.
We’re writing this post to help all of the home decorators and do-it-yourself weekend warriors out there stop flipping a coin when it comes to ground cover and start making the right choice for their next project.
We certainly have our favorite here at Total Lawn Care, but this article isn’t about us, it’s about the pros and cons of each material, and making sure homeowners are asking the right questions and getting the right material for their needs.
✓ Easy upkeep:
will last 10 years or more.
✓ Peace of mind:
edging after a heavy rain. Rock is also less likely to blow around due to high winds or heavy storms.
✓ String trimmer:
Rock on the other hand, hardly even moves.
for rock compared to stone. You’ll make the money back over time but it’s more of an
investment up front.
effort to fill in an area with rock compared to mulch.
and moisture away from your home, it also makes it harder for new plants. If you use rock as ground cover in a flower bed or around new trees, it can actually take moisture away from the base of your plants. That means you have to water more often to keep your new growth alive and looking its best.
Unfortunately, this also means that you can find ground up bits of nails and screws hidden among your mulch. At Total Lawn Care, we always recommend buying a good hardwood mulch for landscaping projects. A decent hardwood mulch will both hold its color longer and begin decomposing later than a bulk mulch will. In addition to durability and aesthetics, there are some other great pros to using mulch.
to cover and budget is an issue, mulch could be a great option for you.Rock won’t degrade over time like mulch will, and if your rocks get dirty or covered with grass clippings or leaves, a simple pass with a leaf blower will have them clean again and free of debris.