The Q&A Archives: mulch or stone

Question: I have mulched my plants and shrubs for many years but this year my wife want to put small landscaping stones in the garden instead of mulching. I'm not sure if the stones will be as good as the mulch and looking for opinion and direction.

Answer: I'm in favor of organic mulches over stones, simply because you can continue to build your soil by incorporating spent mulches. However, if you have great loam after years of digging all that organic matter into your soil, you can use decorative stones instead. On the plus side, they're relatively maintenance free once installed.

Best wishes with your garden!

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