Mulching with Stones - Knowledgebase Question

Reading, PA
Question by Salcatrazz
April 21, 2001
What are the pro & cons about using these small red stones for mulching around trees & plants? Do you recommend using this product?


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Answer from NGA
April 21, 2001

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Mulch is great to help retain soil moisture, reduce weeds, and organic mulch breaks down it provides nutrients to the soil. Gravel or stones will still perform the first two functions, just doesn't add anything to the soil. So, I prefer an organic mulch, but many people like the look of gravel or rock. With any mulch, don't let it touch the stem or trunk of the plant. Leave several inches open in a ring around the plant tissue.

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