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

wood mulch rock mulchWith 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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My husband and I had been driving around for weeks looking at various landscape jobs in the villages and found just one place that we both really loved. We happened to be looking through Nursery web-sites and in looking at the photo gallery we happened to see pictures of the house that we loved under Mansfield's Web site. So we decided to go to the nursery to see what trees they had and how their prices were...(after going to a couple of other local nurseries we were shell shocked at the price of palms!) What we found was a great relief! The tree and plant prices were very reasonable and looked much healthier than many we had seen at other places. Being complete novices to Florida plants we sat down with the owner, Steve, and he gave us a very thorough education on palm trees - so we felt confident in the decisions we were making. We had decided that we did not want to do the "FULL" landscaping job all at once and wanted to start with just the trees so we could then fill-in later as we decided on what we wanted to plant...Steve and his son Ron, then walked us throughout the selection and helped us decide on 9 beautiful 18 ft Palms which they gave us an excellent price on. We set up an installation date for later that week - and Steve called and said they could come a day earlier if that worked for us - which was great as we had company coming in the next day! Ron and a crew came out to do the install, finished the planting in one day, removed some bushes etc that we knew we didn't want and the end result is beautiful - it has changed the whole look of the house....we LOVE it! Even though this is only step one of our landscaping - we are certain that we are going to be using Mansfield for our future expansions!

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We hired Mansfield Landscaping recently and were pleased with the results. Steve,Ron and their crews showed up when they said they would and finished when they said they would. The selection of plants, shrubs and trees were numerous and all were very healthy. They assisted with the design and wanted to make sure we were pleased with the final product, which we were. I would use them again and highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping to anyone who is considering an upcoming landscaping project.

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My wife and I presented our landscape ideas to several landscapers in The Villages but no one quite made an impression until we contacted Mansfield Landscaping. We viewed several of their job sites and were fascinated by what we saw and in talking to the homeowners, knew we were headed in the right direction. Ron and his crew took our thoughts and within two days turned them into reality. Their talent and experience is reflected in the work they do and the end result was beyond our expectations. Once again, thanks Mansfield Landscaping for a job well done.

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