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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.

  • Ivy Baker
    May 16, 2018, 12:42 am REPLY

    This is some really good information landscaping and how to use mulch. I just moved into a new home and I want to improve the yard soon. So, I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart to have a protective barrier around plants. It is good to know that plants really need mulch to do well.

  • Kairi Gainsborough
    June 6, 2018, 10:08 pm REPLY

    I’ve always used mulch in my gardens, but I love the look of stone. I think I started using mulch because that’s what my mom used, so I was used to it. However, I like what you said about using decorative stone as ground cover for people who don’t like to weed. It also adds variety to your yard if all you have used is mulch, like me.

  • Taylor Bishop
    July 20, 2018, 1:11 pm REPLY

    Thanks for this article about landscaping mulch and stone. It’s nice to know that decorative stones can come in a variety of colors to achieve a natural visual appeal. I wonder if it could be good to take a photo of your yard to know what kind of stone would match the best with what you have.

  • Braden Bills
    August 17, 2018, 4:09 pm REPLY

    I want to use decorative stone on my property! It makes sense that I would want to ensure that it gets maintained. If my property gets to be too much to handle, maybe I should get a professional to maintain it for me.

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