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Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

When choosing a protective fall ground covering, many homeowners face the dilemma of choosing rock or mulch for their landscape beds. While each provides their own unique benefits, choosing the best option for your yard depends on your own personal lifestyle and the type of landscape plants you have.

Here we’ll go over the differences between rock and mulch and which one is best for your fall ground cover in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas.


When Is Rock a Good Choice?

Rock ground cover is comprised of decorative gravel or rocks ranging from pea-sized pebbles to golf ball-sized stones. Rocks come in a myriad of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes. You can choose a porous, lightweight red or black lava rock, or smooth quartz in purple or pink. Rock is great for properties with drainage issues as it allows water to drain quickly through your landscape. Because of its high drainage quality, rocks are best for drought-tolerant plants such as succulents. Rock cover is an easy, no maintenance option if you have open bed areas without plants.


The Benefits of Mulch

Mulch is made of several types of wood bark and can be dyed various colors to achieve whatever look you desire, although the most common colors are black, brown, and red. Mulch retains moisture so you don’t need to water your landscapes as much and is the perfect natural weed repellent as it blocks the sunlight they need to sprout in your garden....

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Mulch Madness: Why Your Landscaping Needs Mulch

Mulch Madness: Why Your Landscaping Needs Mulch

As we settle into the spring season in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, Oregon, and other surrounding areas, it’s time to start thinking about the ways we can work toward making our yards healthy and looking great. Aside from regular lawn mowing and maintenance, there are other tasks that need to be performed.

One of these tasks is to add mulch to your landscaping. Sometimes, this step can get overlooked when planning out a landscape, as it tends to be one of the last steps after creating the beds and planting all of the trees and plants you’ve chosen. However, this is a step that should not be forgotten.

If you already have mulch laid down, then spring is the time to refresh it. Hardwood mulches should be refreshed once a year, while river rock should be refreshed every two years. Keeping your mulch refreshed allows you to reap the maximum benefits from it! Mulch installation is important to the health of your landscaping beds for a few reasons. 


Mulch Installation Prevents Soil Erosion

When we get heavy rains, soil washes away, which can hurt the nutrient balance in your landscaping beds. If you have your lawn treated with fertilizer, then this also washes away the investment you’ve made in the health of your landscape plants.

In the Portland, OR area, we receive about 43 inches of rain a year, which is about 4 inches higher than the national average, according to BestPlaces.net.

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