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Old 16-10-2005, 10:14 PM
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Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.

What about fertilizing? Can we just distribute the granular types on top of
the rocks?
Anything that we should be aware of before we spend the money on the rocks?

Our home is in Central Florida.

Thanks for any advice.


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Old 16-10-2005, 10:54 PM
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"Bishoop" wrote in message
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Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.

When your shrubs drop some leaves as a normal course of living, they blend
in and decompose in the mulch. If you have landscape stones the dropped
leaves stand out and look pretty dorky, and it's hard as the dickens to
clean them out with a landscape rake.


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Old 16-10-2005, 11:42 PM
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aside from being hard to clean the debris off a stone mulch, the
retained heat from them can fry your plants.

Lauren wrote:
"Bishoop" wrote in message
...

Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.


When your shrubs drop some leaves as a normal course of living, they blend
in and decompose in the mulch. If you have landscape stones the dropped
leaves stand out and look pretty dorky, and it's hard as the dickens to
clean them out with a landscape rake.


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Old 17-10-2005, 12:47 AM
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"Bishoop" wrote in message
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Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.

What about fertilizing? Can we just distribute the granular types on top

of
the rocks?
Anything that we should be aware of before we spend the money on the

rocks?

Our home is in Central Florida.


You should consider the cost and hassle of putting down landscape fabric
under the rocks. Then, anytime you want to plant something, you have to
deal with moving the rocks and the fabric. I think stone mulch is a "look"
that comes and goes. It was very popular in the 60s in my area. Natural
mulch is always in style and is better for your plants and easier to work
around when you need to plant something. If stone mulch was really great,
you would see it in all the Central Florida theme parks and high-end
resorts - which you don't. Down the road if you decide to get rid of it,
you will have a big job and a disposal issue.


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Old 17-10-2005, 03:39 AM
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at the school where i work they had stones at one time and now use mulch instead. we had nothing but a mess there mentioned from leaf droppings and everything.
they now find it a lot easier to look after the perennial beds, shrubs and things without the stones as a top dressing.
there are a number of coloured mulches also that look really nice on the flowerbeds maybe that would be something else to consider because i do agree i think you will have some mess if u want to divide, transplant or move anything. take care, sockiescat.


"Bishoop" wrote in message
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Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.

What about fertilizing? Can we just distribute the granular types on top

of
the rocks?
Anything that we should be aware of before we spend the money on the

rocks?

Our home is in Central Florida.


You should consider the cost and hassle of putting down landscape fabric
under the rocks. Then, anytime you want to plant something, you have to
deal with moving the rocks and the fabric. I think stone mulch is a "look"
that comes and goes. It was very popular in the 60s in my area. Natural
mulch is always in style and is better for your plants and easier to work
around when you need to plant something. If stone mulch was really great,
you would see it in all the Central Florida theme parks and high-end
resorts - which you don't. Down the road if you decide to get rid of it,
you will have a big job and a disposal issue.
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Old 18-10-2005, 12:56 PM
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Even though rocks are pretty they'er a mess.
Use wood mulch, it is easier and less mantinance than stones or rocks

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Old 18-10-2005, 03:20 PM
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From the replies here, I'm going to rethink the use of landscape rocks.

Thanks to all....


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Old 18-10-2005, 04:59 PM
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mulch for all the reasons already given, but I did use gravel in my back yard instead
of grass. still love it. http://weloveteaching.com/landscape/gravel/gravel.htm
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"Bishoop" wrote:

Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.

Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.

What about fertilizing? Can we just distribute the granular types on top of
the rocks?
Anything that we should be aware of before we spend the money on the rocks?

Our home is in Central Florida.

Thanks for any advice.




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Old 18-10-2005, 11:01 PM
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"Bishoop" wrote in message
...
Up till now we've always covered the ground in the shrub and flower beds
with wood derived mulch.
Now we've decided we like the looks of rocks in place of the old mulch and
are wondering if there any associated problems.
What about fertilizing? Can we just distribute the granular types on top
of the rocks?
Anything that we should be aware of before we spend the money on the
rocks?
Our home is in Central Florida.
Thanks for any advice.


Rock mulch, around here is usually granite or dolomite. It looks nice when
it's new, but quickly becomes ugly. It's almost impossible to keep it
looking neat and clean as leaves settle in it. It gets worked into the soil
every time you dig, and it's hell when you try and remove it later on.

Stick to traditional wood based mulch, it's easier and good for the soil.

-S


 




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