The Q&A Archives: Pea Gravel instead of mulch

Question: Pea gravel is very pretty in the garden, and I used to find it in many stores all season, but this year you don't sell it. Why not?

Answer: I'm sorry you didn't find what you wanted. Please check with the manager of your local store. I might mention that gravel is not really the best garden mulch. It retains and reflects heat causing heat stress to the plants, and it does not break down over time to feed the soil the way an organic mulch does. Generally, organic mulches are preferable around plantings.

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