Rock Your Raised Beds with Rock Mulch!

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    “Rock Mulch” would be a great name for a band, but does it make sense in a flowerbed? Mike McGrath will review the reality of trying to prevent weeds with river rock. Plus your fabulous phone calls.


    Question of the Week:

    “My wife and I just moved into our first home in May of this year. We’re currently in the process of trying to address all of the landscaping neglect that has affected the yard over the years and trying to make the yard ‘our own’ at the same time. The previous owner put down what looks to be ¾-inch river rock in all of the landscape beds around the house. The stone goes down at least 1-2 inches. I know the stone is expensive, and it seems to be effective as a weed block but it makes planting/replanting troublesome and feeding difficult. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the benefits of keeping the stone vs replacing it with a high quality compost. Thanks in advance. I’ve become a recent fan and listen to your podcasts daily.”
    – Ryan in Wilmington, Delaware

    Does river rock actually…rock? »

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