Organic or Inorganic? The Choice is Yours!
Organic mulch types include peat moss, wood or bark chips, grass or straw, and pine needles. The man draw of organic mulch is that it helps your outdoor spaces by introducing nutrients into the soil. As the mulch decomposes, nutrients are released, giving the surrounding area extra help in its growth cycle.
While this means your plants will receive more of a boost than with inorganic mulch, it also requires a bit more upkeep. Organic mulch is a great choice if you’re willing to spend a bit more time maintaining it, as well as if your soil is in need of a bit of extra nutrition. To emphasize the importance of healthy soil, we find it helpful to keep in mind that soil is a key element of how plants gain their nutrition, so if soil is lacking in the proper nutrients then it’s hard for your plants to really flourish.
Inorganic mulch, while lacking the nourishing qualities of organic materials, is a good choice if you’re looking for something that is a bit more hands off, while still being visually pleasing. Inorganic mulch won’t break down as quickly as its organic counterpart, making it a cost effective alternative to other forms of mulch. If you go the inorganic route, you could choose from options like volcanic rock, an assortment of stones, as well as fabrics or plastics.