Choosing between Rock and Mulch


Are you having trouble choosing the right mulch for your landscape? Mulching certainly has its benefits and if you choose the right mulch, you’ll get the pristine and polished look you’ve always desired in your yard. Al Miley & Associates will go over the pros and cons of different types of mulch to help you make an informed decision.

The benefits of organic mulch

Organic mulch is mostly recommended by your local Toronto arborist for flower beds as well as around trees for different reasons.

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    Helps to Grow Faster

    First, it can help the trees to grow much faster and utilize less water. You will spend less time watering when you use mulch on the trees.

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    Saves Water

    You will spend less time watering when you use mulch on the trees.

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    Provides Nutrients

    Organic mulch also introduces nutrients that helps trees and plants to thrive.

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    Maintains the Right Temperature

    Mulch can be applied to stop weed growth and maintain just the right temperature in those hot summer months or cold winter.

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    Minimizes Erosion

    Most importantly, mulch can help minimize soil erosion.

Choosing between Rock and Mulch

Pros and Cons of Using Rocks

If you don’t have organic mulch, you can still use rocks in your garden to serve more or less the same purpose. Rocks come with the following advantages:

  • They are easy to maintain
  • Low cost
  • Inflammable so perfect for areas prone to wildfires
  • Help to keep weeds away
  • Prevent soil erosion especially in areas prone to strong winds

Keep this in mind, using rocks:

However, rocks can be extremely hot which could raise the temperature of the soil and stress the tree or plants. Rocks do not offer any nutritional benefit to the plant or soil. The other issue could be that rocks create alkaline soil which can also stress the trees because most of them thrive better in acidic soil. When the wind blows, some spots can be created between the rocks where the weeds start to grow. Therefore, organic mulch is often recommended more than rocks.

Contact Al Miley & Associates for more information.

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