Beyond Stone Mulch

stone mulch in Gordonhead, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

The home owner wanted a nice looking yard.

He got it.

The stone mulch added that Zen feel.

He also wanted ‘low maintenance’.

stone mulch in Gordonhead, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Nope.

“Missed that by a mile,” he says.

Unless you’re into daily raking for meditation…
Don’t do it!

overgrown stone rock mulch , , garden Victoria BC Pacific North West
photo by SVSeekins

Why?

  • Any stray leaf, twig or weed stands out.  (Like dust on a black car.)
  • And the different rock sizes roll into each other during raking & leaf blowing maintenance.

But when it looks good, it really looks good, doesn’t it?   So…

stone mulch near University Heights, garden Victoria BC Pacific North West
photo by SVSeekins

If you’re determined to get ‘the look’ and insist on the ‘low maintenance’ too… perhaps the answer is cementing the stones into place.

Yeah, it’s not the same Zen as the first yard, but…

faux stone rock mulch at Denny's bus stop, garden Victoria BC Pacific North West
photo by SVSeekins
  • There’s no where for weeds to take root…
  • And the wind will likely take away any stray leaves.
  • There’s an added benefit of stopping soil compaction when folks walk across the bed (especially around this bus stop)
  • It also provides a distraction for the kids waiting & waiting….
stone mulch in Langford, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Either way, the look of stone mulch is popular in residential and commercial spaces.  They can’t all be disappointed..
or can they?

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