While a paver patio, fire pit or lush lawn provides a tranquil outdoor living space, the finishing touch to your landscaping is adding ground cover to your plant beds. It provides a uniform, neutral background to make your plants and flowers pop.
WHICH GROUND COVER SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Deciding between mulch, pine straw or pea gravel is really a personal choice. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option.
Wood Chips - Mulch
Many homeowners prefer the high-end look of mulch, and the variety of available colors. However, mulch also provides benefits to your plants by suppressing weed growth and retaining moisture in your soil.
A more affordable ground cover option is pine straw. Since it is lighter than mulch, it is easier to re-arrange. However, it may need more on-going maintenance.
More and more homeowners are choosing decorative rock as a virtually maintenance-free ground cover. Not only does it provide beautiful contrast to shrubs and trees, pea gravel promotes healthy drainage. It is a more expensive option, but since it doesn't decompose or decay, there is no ongoing maintenance.