Mulch or Rocks: Which is Best for Your Landscaping?

As it continues to look and feel more like spring every day, it’s time to boost that curb appeal with a beautiful landscaping! Many factors can go into landscaping like what kind of plants you want to use, what kind of flow you want throughout your front yard, and how much time and money you want to put into the display. However, one of the first things you need to start with is whether you want to use mulch or river rocks as a base for your shrubbery.

You may think one looks better than the other, but there are a few factors you should consider before investing in a few pounds of either.

Mulch is a more natural compound for the soil. The soft texture makes it easier to walk or mow over, which might be safer than using rocks. Mulch can also insulate and hydrate your soil much better than rocks can. Though mulch does have its benefits, it usually needs to be replaced every few years and may cause more weeds to grow in your landscape that you’d have to pull.

On the other hand, using rocks or stones means the bottom of your landscape won’t decay and you will seldom have to replace it. Unfortunately, rocks are considerably more expensive than mulch and other organic fillers. Rocks will be better at preventing weed growth, and require less maintenance than mulch will.

Finally, your style preference will come into play when creating your outdoor display. After laying down your landscaping fabric, try to envision both rocks and mulch in your front yard, and choose what best suits your wants and needs!