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Mulch, Gravel, Decomposed Granite, or Artificial Grass - Know Your Options

Know when to opt for mulch, gravel, decomposed granite, or artificial grass. Each option has its benefits and weaknesses, so it’s important to understand what your needs are so you can better understand your different options.


The biggest benefit of opting for mulch is that it’s the most affordable option. That being said, can be blown away and moved around easily. Mulch is also very easy to apply. However, it requires replacement every one to two years due to discoloration. If you use mulch in your space, consider a weed barrier installation as well. It’s important that the weed barrier is properly attached or it will be ruined within a few months. 


Gravel essentially lasts forever if installed properly. The cost of gravel lies mostly in delivery and application as it requires heavy labor and equipment. There are gravel options that are fairly cheap. Like mulch, gravel may 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

Decomposed granite is an affordable and functional option that will create a useful space. It is easy to apply and is a natural material. It is very low maintenance and aesthetically versatile. When going this route, make sure that there is something that separates the area of decomposed granite from your house because it’s known to affect flooring. The cons to decomposed granite are that it washes away from weather elements over time. It’s also often abrasive and sticks to the soles of your shoes.

choose comfort with artificial grass installation in your backyard or front yard

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 a multifunctional space while providing the comfort of a real lawn. Artificial grass is also long-lasting and comfortable. However, make sure when opting for artificial grass you are aware of the significant investment it takes, and that you use trusted contractors to maintain a quality installation. 

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