Should You Use Rock Or Mulch In Your Yard?

Deciding which elements to use in your landscape design plan is a personal choice based on your preferences and what will work best in your unique yard. At Pinestraw Place – Landscape Supply, we help our South Carolina clients create a unique landscape design down to the last detail, including whether to put mulch or rock in the plant beds. Our goal is to reach a final design scheme that is functional and beautiful. 

The choice to put rock or mulch in your yard is mostly an aesthetic choice, but there are other practical factors to take into consideration as well. Your final decision should be based on what will look best, but also budget, sustainability and the types of plants you have in your beds. When you work with our team, we can help you understand all of the options available to you.

Is rock the best choice?

Rock is often used as a decorative element in yards, and larger stones can even be used to outline plant beds. However, smaller stones and rocks can be a beautiful way to fill the beds as well. Options include different types of decomposed granite, pea gravel, lava rock and river rock. People may prefer a type of rock in their beds because while it may be a higher upfront cost, it can last longer than a wood mulch. Rocks may also be lower maintenance and help fight the growth of weeds.

Is mulch the best choice?

Mulch is often the most cost-effective option for filling beds. Mulch could be a better option if your beds get a significant amount of direct sunlight, as rocks can retain heat more than wood mulch. Using a wood mulch is typically the preference for individuals who garden often and take a lot of time to personally tend to their plants and flowers. There are various types of wood mulch in a variety of colors that may suit your overall design scheme well.

The best choices for your yard

The right choices for your landscaping plan depend on your individual yard and other factors, such as your budget and the external design of your home. Our team can help you make choices that will result in a finished product that will suit your family for years to come. If you would like to discuss your landscaping needs, you can reach out to an experienced member of our team to make an appointment.  

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