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Mulch or rock?
Old 06-16-2017, 03:48 PM
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Opinions? I know rock is way more expensive.


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I live where the summer heat is brutal
Old 06-16-2017, 03:56 PM
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I got mostly mulch to hold some moisture on my plants. I got gravel for the side of my house where I am not growing as much. We got crushed granite that was a little cheaper than the pretty river stone gravel where the rocks are smooth.
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Mulch...maybe
Old 06-16-2017, 03:58 PM
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We use mulch but it's not cheap. During the rains some washes out of the beds and in the fall we lose some as the leaves some are raked. We replace at least a truck load of our mulch each spring. That being said, I like the look of mulch much better than rock.
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Old 06-16-2017, 04:10 PM
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Personally, I like the look of mulch better. In the long run, though, I bet rock is cheaper. We buy three to five hundred dollars in mulch a year to replace or freshen up.
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Depends
Old 06-16-2017, 04:29 PM
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I think it depends on where you live.

In the Midwest 95% of my neighbors have mulch. I wanted rock and my husband said "it looked ridiculous". I don't agree with that, but get it's hard to be against the norm. If you go out to the southwest it's all the rage though.

I have no research to back me up but I feel like rock would stop weeds from growing and use less water while not needed replished every year. I also think it can look really good!

Do your research but if you want rock go for it!


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Old 06-16-2017, 05:07 PM
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We live in a pretty wooded area and have rock. I didn't want to leaf blow the mulch away every year and the rocks have held up nicely. I can't plant any flowers in them though.
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Old 06-16-2017, 05:09 PM
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I like the look of mulch much better, however right now I have gravel on several flower beds. It was like that when we bought the house and I don't have the money, time or energy to change it right now. The beds that are just dirt are slowly being replaced with mulch or flat stones, or being turned back to lawn. Anything to spend less time weeding! I think my dad said something about not mulching too close to the house because of bugs? He's retired and coming up with things to do in my yard which is fine when I'm busy with the baby!
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:02 PM
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I think rocks make more sense. They last longer. They are clean and don't need replaced every year. They don't get bleached out or darken.

I do like the look of mulch, though. However, I have heard that many of the mulches are actually bad for the environment because of the chemicals used to color and try to preserve them.
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Old 06-16-2017, 06:49 PM
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I just had a ton of landscaping done and we used river rock. We didn't have a choice though. We have a ton of trees that dump so much stuff on our property during the spring, summer, and fall. It would be impossible to use the leaf blower on the mulch. With the river rock it always looks neat and clean and we can use the blower to get all the stuff the trees dropped into it out.
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mulch v rocks
Old 06-17-2017, 02:30 AM
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We have mulch but like others said it needs redone either every year or every other year. We get 15 tons. It's a lot of work but looks nice and does keep weeds away and helps keep moisture in. We have one new section that we're going with rocks this year. I'm hoping that it works. I wondered about keeping debris out and you guys mentioning leaf blowers helped me solve that !


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Old 06-17-2017, 05:24 AM
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We have mulch in the front landscaping and rocks in the backyard landscaping. The mulch needs to be done every year, the rocks do not. I like the look of both and I think it's a personal preference.
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Mulch vs rock
Old 06-18-2017, 02:21 PM
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I like the looks of both but wanted mulch so I could add annuals in flower beds. Well, our winter winds in this area blew the mulch totally out of the flower beds and all over the grass. Next year, went with rock. It's definitely not as easy to add/move flowers and plants with but it stays where we put it.

Landscaper said another downside to river rock is it holds heat which can be bad for plants.
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