Gardentime wrote:Hi guys,
I need your opinions on what you would use on
your own home. I just re-landscaped the front
of our home and now comes the time to choose
what material to put down over plants. I thought
about mulch, but it will get quite costly putting it
down every year at $3.88 a bag for 2 cu. ft. I
love the look of rocks, especially the white/sand
My question is:
Would opting with decorative stones save me
money in the long run? I've seen landscapes that
are 15+ years old and still look great with rocks.
-If I had to have mulch, it would be the dyed black
mulch, I don't like the brown that much and I hate
We're not looking to spend $200 a year on mulch,
It's sounds almost like you really want the stones and are hoping that people will agree that they will be better in the long run.
I think that in the long run the mulch will be better, because it would be a better environment for your plants (unless they're "rocky soil" type plants of course). I've found on several occasions, from personal experience, that working with nature causes people less grief than working against it.
However, I think if you really want the stones to make your space the way that you want it to look then maybe you should. In essence, the purpose of a yard and a garden is to please the owner, so to speak.
Just make sure that you understand what type of environment you'll be providing your plants, whether or not they can handle it, and estimate the costs of redoing it in mulch later (in case you change your mind).