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Landscaping With Mulch vs. Stone

There are many options available to spruce up your yard. When planning your home’s landscaping, it is important to consider whether to use mulch or rock for ground cover. Both options add aesthetics to your property, however, each option has it’s function and choosing the right kind of ground cover can greatly help in the over the health of your trees.

All in all, it is not an easy decision to make when you consider the pros and cons of both.

Pros and Cons of Stone Ground Covers

1. PROS: Minimal Maintenance

Some types of ground cover. Organic ground covers need to be changed regularly. Mulch or wood chips are prone to decomposition and discolouration. Decretive stone ground covers are maintenance because they do not rot.

2. PROS: Does not Decompose

Organic mulches decompose as soon as you expose them to outside forces like the sun and rain. Decretive gravel, rocks and stone ground cover do not deuterate over time (with the

exception of some sandstone varieties)

3. PROS: No Bugs

When larger organic wood chips lay on the ground, this can attract unwanted best such as cockroaches, ants and cane toads. Stone ground covers reduce this problem, therefore,

minimizes the pest.

1. CONS: Heat Increases

Stones have high capacity in absorbing and retaining heat which they release as the sun goes down. Stones also reflects a lot of heat and light on exposed surfaces.

2. CONS: No nutrients

As stones do not decompose, they do not add any nutrients to the soil which are much needed by the plants. Inorganic mulches and coloured wood chips do not improve the

condition of the soil.

3. CONS: Projectile Injuries

Stone ground covers can cause projectile: causing injuries and damage to house and vehicles, especially if they are located near areas that are usually mowed or trimmed.

Pros and Cons of Mulch Ground Covers

1.PROS: Cuts Down Weeds

Organic mulch helps in preventing the growth of weeds. The recommended depth of organic mulch is four to six inches. If weeds do grow on the top layer, this is very easy to pull out.

2.PROS: Soil Insulation

Organic mulch keeps the ground warmer during winter and cooler during summer.

3.PROS: Moisture Retention

Slow evaporation of water from the ground. It acts as a barrier between the ground and the sun. water is trapped in the fibres keeping the ground wet for a little longer.

4.PROS: Adds nutrients to the soil

Since organic mulch decays, this helps to increase nutrients, beneficial microorganisms and creating quality humus soil conditions that plants can thrive in.

1. CONS: Maintenance

Since mulch slowly decomposes over time, it requires to be seasonally topped up.

2. CONS: Requires a lot of Labor

If you are doing it yourself, this would require a lot of shovelling, wheel borrowing, racking it out and watering the mulch in..

3.CONS: Adding a new mulch every year is can be expensive

Extreme weather conditions or simply decomposition can lessen the level of organic mulch needed. The cost of adding a new mulch every year can make it very expensive to keep the weeds away.

Whatever type of ground cover you will use, always keep in mind which material suits you the most. If you are a busy type, you may lean towards using stone ground covers. But if you

have a bit of a green thumb and like to plot around the garden, then organic or mulch ground covers can work wonders for you.

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