Your house is not the only thing you have to maintain if you want to keep the value up. The landscaping is a crucial part of maintaining your home and can affect the value of your home in a positive way or negative way. In fact, your landscaping can add up to 20% of value to your home. To get the most value out of your landscaping and home, you should invest 10% of your home's value, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects. One of the ways to enhance your landscaping is through the use of rock and mulch. To determine which is best, you have to know what to expect out of both. 


One of the biggest factors in deciding what type of landscaping material to use is the cost. On average, you can expect to pay around $35 to $50 per cubic yard for decomposed granite and about $700 per ton for Mexican beach pebble. Since there are a lot of different types of rock, you can decide on your price range and find the rock that fits best in your budget. For mulch, you can expect to pay around $3 to $6 a bag. 


While cost is an important factor, you also want to consider how much maintenance they each require. If you are using organic mulch, you need to reapply it each year. Mulch decomposes over time. It can also get messy when you have a lot of wind and rain. To combat this, you may want to add some type of edging around the mulch to help contain it. When it comes to rock, you do not have to worry about reapplying it unless you decide on a different type of stone. Rock can be cleaned using a garden hose and is not likely to move much even with hard winds, making it a very low maintenance option. 

Fungal Growth

Unlike mulch, stone is not a food source for fungal growth. Mulch has the ability to trap moisture. While this can be good for hydrating trees and plants, it can also cause fungal growth. Artillery fungus is a common problem for homeowners who have mulch. As the fungus grows, it can end up staining your home, driveway, and pathways causing dark and ugly spots. To help stay away from fungal growth, you want to stick to pine bark mulch which is less likely to grow the artillery fungus. Adding mushroom compost can help reduce the fungus. You also want to consistently replace it with new mulch to help keep the fungus away. 

For more information, contact companies like A & A Materials.