Landscaping Mulch and Stone: Which One Should You Use?

Weighing the Benefits of Landscaping Mulch or Stone

After planting your trees, shrubs and flowers, it’s time to add the finishing touches. When it comes to landscaping, an important decision you must make is whether to use mulch or stone around your home. Each option offers its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s imperative that you do a little research beforehand and choose the one that best suits your needs. If you still require some help completing your vision, contact our landscaping experts who can help you plan a design that will add flair to your garden and maximize your curb appeal. 

The Pros and Cons of Mulch and Stone

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to start planning your landscape, which includes figuring out the little details like whether to lay down mulch or stone. Having a clear idea about what you want will help ensure flawless design execution. 

Take a closer look at the pros and cons of mulch and stone to help you determine which one is right for your home and garden: 

Mulch – Pros 

  • Using mulch promotes better growth of your trees and plants. In fact, they can grow nearly twice as fast and as it breaks down over time, mulch can provide more than the necessary nutrients your greenery needs in order to flourish. 
  • Mulch is widely used amongst homeowners because of its affordability. It can even be created from compost or from other raw materials found around your yard. Additionally, it reduces water evaporation which means you can spend less money watering your plants. 
  • Mulch can prevent weeds from sprouting, reduce soil erosion and keep your plants at an optimal temperature all year round by providing an added layer of protection. 

Mulch – Cons

  • Depending on what type of mulch you use, it will have to be replaced annually or at least every couple of years which increases costs and maintenance requirements overtime.  
  • It’s important to use the right amount of mulch or you may run the risk of stressing out your plants. You can avoid this by adding no more than a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. 
  • Certain organic mulches may contain weed seeds which would increase your likelihood of seeing these unsightly plants crop up around your yard. 

Stone – Pros 

  • If you are thinking of a more long-term, decorative solution, stone is the way to go. They can come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes which when combined, can help you create a truly unique landscape. 
  • Stone is extremely low maintenance and while initial costs may be more than that of mulch, they shouldn’t require replacing, which can save you money in the long run. 
  • Stones are also great at reducing weeds and preventing soil erosion. 

Stone – Cons

  • Unlike mulch, stone does not offer your plants much in terms of providing nutrients and has less water retention capabilities. 
  • Lighter stones can overheat on warmer days and raise the soil temperature, which in turn leads to stressed and thirsty plants. Stone also creates a more alkaline soil environment which serves no benefit to your plants which thrive in more acidic soil.
  • If soil finds its way in between stones, weeds may begin to grow. Stones may also make it more challenging for you to remove these weeds or perform regular pruning since removing stones is a manual task which can prove to be rather tedious.

Fulfill Your Landscaping Goals with Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service 

If you want your landscaping to stand out, the design experts at Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service are here to help. We have extensive experience in creating original designs that are built with both beauty and functionality in mind. Our goal is to provide you with a complete range of landscaping services so that no matter if you decide to incorporate mulch or stone into your design, you can be sure your yard and garden looks its very best. From weekly landscaping to more comprehensive property management solutions, every little detail matters to us and helps us ensure your landscaping dreams become reality.   

Contact our team today to schedule your landscape design consultation. Call us at (215) 822-3886 or contact us online. 


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