Mulch, Gravel, Decomposed Granite, or Artificial Grass – Know Your Choices
Know your choices when you opt for mulch, gravel, decomposed granite, or artificial grass. Each option has its own benefits and weaknesses, so it’s important to understand what your needs are so you can better understand your different options.
Mulch is very easy to apply. It requires replacement every one to two years due to discoloration. If you opt for mulch, consider a weed barrier installation as well. Make sure the weed barrier is properly attached or it will end up getting ruined within a few months. The main benefit of mulch is that it’s the most affordable option. That being said, it requires regular replacement and can be blown away and moved around easily.
Gravel essentially lasts forever if installed properly. The cost of gravel is mostly in delivery and application as it requires heavy labor and equipment. There are gravel materials that are not very sharp, yet more affordable than oval pebbles. Gravel is a long-lasting option, but could also require a replacement if the weed barrier is poorly installed. It can also be difficult to clean leaves and debris off gravel when using a leaf blower or other lawn equipment.
Decomposed granite (DG) creates useful space. It is easy to apply and is a natural material. It is very low maintenance and aesthetically versatile. Make sure that there is something that separates the DG area from your house as it could potentially ruin your floors in a few months. Decomposed granite is an affordable and functional option. The cons to DG are that it washes away due to weathering and that it is often abrasive and will stick to the soles of your shoes.
Artificial Grass feels like heaven under your feet. It’s the most beautiful and practical material. It costs more when installed properly, yet it is the only material that creates useful space with the comfort of a real lawn. Artificial grass is functional, long-lasting, and comfortable. Some things to consider are that it does require a significant amount of investment and must be installed properly to last and look good, otherwise, the investment is lost.