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Rock Mulch vs. Wood Mulch: Which is the right choice for you?

Rock Mulch vs. Wood Mulch: Which is the right choice for you?

With so much information floating around on the internet and the opinions of others, landscaping books and even home improvement TV shows, making the choice of the best mulch for you can be a difficult one.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when making your mulch choices:

Wood (bark) Mulch

  • For shrub, annuals and perennial planting, usually wood (bark) mulch works best for these plants to thrive.
  • Wood (bark) mulch is usually made from the bark of hardwood trees (usually hickory trees or oak trees). It is usually shredded finely and when it is first spread, it has an earthy scent.
  • Bark mulch can also be made from cedar or pine
  • Usually dark brown in color, bark mulch can be dyed black or red to complement your landscape
  • The pros of bark mulch are: it’s cheapest to install, decomposes and adds organic matter to your soil, requires less frequent watering as it holds in moisture, eliminates the need for weed barriers or edging, and it contrasts well with surrounding shrubs and landscape
  • The cons of bark mulch include: requiring replacement every 1 or 2 years, colors fade when the mulch is exposed to direct sunlight,and it attracts insects.

Rock Mulch

  • Rock mulch is usually a decorative groundcover made from gravel
  • Rock mulch gravel pieces range in size from fist size to pea size
  • Available in a wide variety of colors
  • Rock mulch usually comes from the mining of the bottom of riverbeds
  • The pros of rock mulch include: not needing to replace it every couple of years, availability in a very large variety of sizes, colors and shapes, makes leaf blowing much easier than wood mulch,
  • The cons include: it is necessary to constantly be sure that the area is free of debris from leaves or plants so don’t grow between the weed barrier and the gravel; difficulty in adding or replacing plants once weed barrier and gravel are installed; you must choose plants that can withstand the heat the the gravel and rock absorb in hotter months.

For more assistance in making an informed decision on your choice of wood or rock mulch, contact the professionals at Mansfield Landscaping.

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Workers were extremely proficient and skilled at their jobs. Work was completed expeditiously with care. The completed job was above our expectations.

Linda LaPointe
December 4, 2022

Owner did what he said he would do. The workers were professional and kind. We are concerned about one bottle brush tree that is not dead but might as well be. We can't call for a replacement but if it dies I will follow up on this reveiw.

Dania's Doodles
November 27, 2022

A good design that was professionally executed by contractors in a very timely manner. Neighbors go by and tell us they love it !

joan wanken
November 10, 2022

My initial phone conversation with Steve left me a bit apprehensive. His process of quoting saying, 'don't ask me over, only to get my ideas to bring to the next guy' was different. His straightforward style is different. But once he arrived, heard my plan - only to enhance what I believed I wanted - left me thinking that I didn't need to call anyone else. His experience, knowledge of materials and design really elevated the outcome. His schedule had him ready to go in 3 weeks. His crew was in and out (on a sizeable patio in front of my house plus another outback) in 2 1/2 days. The final product is just amazing - well constructed and great color matching with house. While under construction he suggested a modification that would cost more and improve the project, but he agreed to hold his price. Could I have saved $ by looking at others? I'll never know but I am one who appreciates good service and great quality. For me, I got an excellent value from Mansfield Landscaping and will never question my choice of contractors.

Dave Ferraro
October 7, 2022

After researching and reviewing several landscaping companies, we decided to call Mansfield to completely re-do our front landscaping plus install privacy landscaping in the backyard.  From the initial phone call until the completion of the job (8 days later), everyone we dealt with was knowledgeable and professional.  Steve listened to our landscaping ideas, made suggestions, and pointed out the positives and negatives of what we wanted.  He was honest and straight forward in his approach.  His employees, John Wayne and Dustin, worked diligently to provide us with excellent results.   With Steve’s 30 years of experience in the landscaping business, if you are looking for someone to work quickly, efficiently, and honestly, I would recommend Mansfield and will use them again for any future needs.

Maryanne Jones
September 21, 2022

We just had our front landscape redone. We are pleased with Steve and his efforts to give us a quality project. Very pleased with stacking wall, pavers, and plant choices. Thank you Steve!:)

Jackie Baas
September 6, 2022

From the first visit to develop a complete re-landscaping design for our home, including removal of all existing bushes, shrubs, mulch, curbing etc. until completion which included bed expansion, plant and tree selection and placement, new curbing and use of river rock every single aspect of the finished product was completed perfectly. We could not be happier with our finished landscaping project. Steve and his crews went out of the way to ensure our project was everything he promised and even more. His professional recommendations and advice were spot on and the finished product reflects his care and pride. Highly Recommend and very glad we selected Mansfield Landscaping to do the job. A truly "First Class" operation.

Alan Paczkowski
August 25, 2022

We really enjoyed working with Mansfield on the landscaping project for our home. They performed the design perfectly and the plants were beautiful. We had immediate response from neighbors that our yard was gorgeous.

Jody Altier
August 21, 2022

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