Mulch and gravel play an important role in garden and landscaping projects. Think of them as the icing on the cake that is your property: a pleasant finishing touch.
Today we’re going to look at the some of the pros and cons of the two landscaping materials to help you decide which is better for your home.
For our purposes, “mulch” is a catch-all term that refers to a gardening material that’s typically made from wood. It’s used to add visual appeal, but also to improve the health of your soil.
Benefits of mulch:
- It’s easy to install and inexpensive, and soft and easy to walk on.
- Mulch made from wood/tree bark adds organic matter to your soil as it breaks down.
- Mulch retains moisture in your soil, so you’ll need to water less regularly.
- It has a dark color that contrasts well with the green of your lawn and other plants.
- With mulch, there’s no need for you to install an edging material or weed barrier.
Drawbacks of mulch:
- It can attract insects.
- Windy, rainy weather can wash it away, especially if it’s in an area that’s prone to flooding or beneath a downspout.
- Organic mulches will eventually start to decompose, which means you’ll need to replace it every year or two.
- It starts to lose its color after about six months due to exposure to the sun.
When you read the word “gravel” here, don’t think of the dark grey rocks you find at construction sites or in parking lots. This is a decorative stone that serves as an alternative for people who don’t want to use mulch on their landscaping projects.
Benefits of gravel:
- You won’t need to replace it the way you do mulch, which means you’ll only need to pay to install it one time.
- Comes in a large range of colors, sizes and shapes.
- Larger stones can make it easier to clear leaves and plant debris from your beds.
Drawbacks of gravel:
- When you work with gravel, you lose many of the benefits you gain with mulch. It’s harder to install and can be costlier.
- Unlike mulch, gravel will require you to install a weed barrier and edging material to keep stones from your lawn.
- Once gravel and the weed barrier are installed, it’s harder to replace plants.
Whether you think mulch or gravel is right for your property, Woodward Landscape Supply can help.
We offer four types of bulk mulch.
- Hardwood mulch, a coarse mulch that clings to sloped areas.
- Premium black mulch, made from a fine ground natural fiber, and dyed black to give a longer-lasting, more dramatic color to your landscape.
- Root/bark mulch, which has the best moisture and color retention properties.
- Playground mulch, a lighter-colored mulch for use in play areas, is guaranteed not to fade, splinter, or stain skin or clothing.
We also carry bagged mulch in hardwood, pine bark, large and mini pine nuggets and cedar mulch.
Our stone collection includes bulk river rock, pearl pebble and red stone in a range of sizes. We also sell those three varieties as bagged rock, as well as a number of other stones: Pocono blend, featherrock, green, antique white, and white marble, and Mexican beach black.
Contact us today to learn more about whether mulch or gravel is right for your backyard. Our team are experienced mulch suppliers helps you find the perfect solution for your landscaping project.