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Old 08-14-2011, 09:04 AM
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Trees and any other plants roots need air. When you use rock as mulch you impair that plants ability to breath.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:20 AM
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Cmon guys, how many beds planters , etc., have stone as topdressing? Tons do and most plants, bushes and trees do just fine. Air goes through coarse stone easier than mulch. I would pull it back a couple inches from the trunk personally. Living in the land of and personally having "permanent" extruded concrete edging I can tell you it will all move eventually.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by agrostis View Post
That edging is secondary. The root zone of that tree has been rocked over. The tree is suffocating.
No Offense, but that makes no sense. How is the tree suffocating? Its crushed stone.
Water and air pass through with ease.
Have you ever seen trees in a city environment, planted on the sidewalk encased with concrete with only a 2'x2' metal grate opening with crushed stone under the grate for drainage.
The thought behind crushing stone , was for drainage use. Use for landscaping was an afterthought.
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Old 08-14-2011, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by agrostis View Post
That edging is secondary. The root zone of that tree has been rocked over. The tree is suffocating.
I rather do Rock over mulch
Mulch is a waste of money you have keep adding each year for color
Rock lets water and air to the roots been doing them for 10 yrs with no suffocating the tree thats dumbest thing I ever heard
I use to push mulch at one time Now I rather rock everything no maintance yes I know Im cutting my throat$$$$ Rock looks better Rock is a higher cost but in 5 yrs most time pays for its self over mulch some mulch price might be 2 yrs
When you tell customer maintance free bed its a good seller
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Old 09-28-2011, 05:53 PM
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You can go round and round with this topic, but mulch and the benifits that it provides to the plant and or tree far surpass anything that using rock will.

By the way rock is far from maintence free, it is worse than mulch when it comes to maintence.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:31 PM
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Doesn't matter, they still will move and pop up.

I'm waiting for mine to do that. It's been 6 years now. I'm thinking they aren't deep enough to have a major issue with that.

Besides, won't the mortar crack if they heave up?
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