CHARLOTTE – MULCH OR MAYBE ROCKS?
In NC folks have transitioned over the years from pine needles to organic mulch to the most recent trend – decorative gravel, river rock, brick chips and lava rock for their garden and landscaping ground cover. As with almost everything there are pros and cons to consider.
- Helps trees and plants grow quicker and stronger.
- Retains moisture saving water, time and money.
- Most mulches break down into helpful soil amendments.
- Protects plants and their root systems in the winter and summer.
- Significantly reduces weed seed growth.
- Great for erosion control
- Requires replacement on a regular basis so it’s a recurring cost.
- Too much mulch buildup can suffocate plants.
- Some organic mulches may carry weed seed.
- Seldom need replacement.
- Longer lasting and, over the long term, less expensive.
- Fireproof especially when compared to pine straw.
- Keep weeds away longer.
- Prevent soil erosion in windy areas.
- Perfect for rock and cacti garden spaces.
- Raise the soil temperature leading to stressed, thirsty plants.
- Don’t aid plant growth or soil health.
- Many trees and plants thrive on a higher acid pH, but rocks can create alkaline soil.
- Windblown soil can find its way between rocks promoting weed growth.
- If you decide one day to remove and replace your rocks, it promises to be a tedious task requiring much removal by hand.
Metrolina Mulch Premium Landscape Products can help you with your decision AND provide you with a wide variety of mulch or decorative stones products. Start off by visiting www.metrolinamulch.com and you can find us on Facebook.