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Landscaping Mulch or Stone: When Should You Use Each?

Landscaping Mulch or Stone: When Should You Use Each?

If you’ve been thinking about sprucing up your lawn, now is the ideal time to select those materials that not only add beauty to your landscaping but can add real protection to your vegetation as well.  One of the questions that homeowners often have is mulch vs stone and when should they use each?  In this post, we’ll review some of the highlights of each material in order to help homeowners decide which material will work best depending upon their landscaping goals.

Landscaping with Decorative Stone

There are several reasons why a homeowner might want to add decorative stone to their landscaping.  Decorative stone is a great low-maintenance ground cover material for those that do not have much time to spend on weeding around bushes and flower beds.  Decorative stones are available in multiple colors and can add a natural visual appeal to accent nearby vegetation.  This type of material also works well around borders of pools and hot tubs as it tends to remain in place, rather than other lighter-weight materials that might tend to migrate from wind-shifts and potentially pollute nearby water.  Lastly, for those homeowners who have always wanted a rock garden, decorative stones such as colored granite, pebbles, and gravel add the perfect touch.

decorative stone landscapingConcrete Forms, Concrete Swimming Pool Construction


Mulch also comes in a wide variety of colors that adds to the beauty of outdoor landscaping.  Many plants, flowers and other types of vegetation appreciate the protective barrier that mulch offers.  Mulch is also a great choice for those looking for a soft surface for pathways throughout their yard.

mulch landscapingChristina Rutz, After Mulching

If you can’t decide whether you would like either mulch or stone, don’t be afraid to use a mixture of both throughout your landscaping.  Some homeowners prefer the look of mulch in areas viewed most often by the public while choosing low-maintenance stone for more private areas.

We have many types of mulches and decorative stone that work beautifully on their own or also coordinate well with others.  We can help you select all the right materials for your home and we deliver all our products as well.  Please contact us today for more information on all our landscaping products and services.



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  • Kayla
    November 2, 2017, 12:45 am REPLY

    My aunt liked this article because she’s planning to remodel her garden. She wants to add decorative stone in her garden for it is low maintenance and is available in different colors. She’s now looking up some landscape expert to assist her.

  • Braden BIlls
    November 20, 2017, 2:25 pm REPLY

    I want to make sure that I get the right landscaping supplies. It makes sense that I would want to try some decorative stone! That seems like it could add a lot of depth to everything.

  • Kiara Woodsland
    January 16, 2018, 4:31 am REPLY

    I like that you talked about how decorative stones are available in multiple colors that you can add to your garden to achieve the visual appeal that you’re trying to achieve. My mother is moving to my place. Since I’m mostly at work, I’m finding ways on how she can enjoy staying in my house. She has been passionate about beautifying gardens because she always wants to have a beautiful garden. It can be ideal for me to buy decorative stones such as mulch that she can use to do her passion for landscaping. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

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  • Halford Stone and Soil
    January 30, 2018, 7:06 am REPLY

    These ideas are very useful for remodel the garden. There are rocks and stones that decorative to make interesting landscape and garden design. Thanks for sharing this information.

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