Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17
  1. #1
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    315
    Location
    Minnesota
    Tractor
    '07 Kubota BX2350

    Default Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    Finally getting around to putting shrubs in front of our house that we built in '08. Our last houses have always had rock around the shrubs but then I see many others that use wood chips.

    Initially I'm leaning towards rock primarily to make fall clean up easier by just using a blower to get the leaves out. Plus, it would seem like the chips would need to be added to periodiacally. Other than asthetics, are there advantages to using chips?

    Also, I'm trying to decide on a type of edging. I need something that won't get wrecked when the kid runs into it with the mower.
    '07 BX2350, FEL w/ toothbar, 60" MMM, 5' KK back blade, BX2750C front snowblower, 42" home built disc, carry all

  2. #2
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    6,832
    Location
    SF Bay Area-Ca Olympia WA Salzburg Austria
    Tractor
    Cat D3, Deere 110 TLB, Kubota BX23 and L3800 Craftsman Mower, Deere 350C Dozer

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    I use chips where I get them at no cost delivered.

    About 2 to 3 years and it's time to add more.

    Rocks last forever and won't float away on slopes... the downside I had at one place is some kids just love to throw rocks...

    Concrete boarder is permanent... sometimes bricks over concrete.

    My brother buys steel edging and it works for him and it makes it easy to do curves...

    Then there is always wood... not sure how the copper treated stuff will hold-up as compared to the old style pressure treatment.

  3. #3
    Veteran Member grnspot110's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,382
    Location
    MO
    Tractor
    John Deere 790, 420, 314, "L/60" Custom & 70 I

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    Around here, I wouldn't use wood chips close to a building. Termites!!! I prefer colored river rock, look around for a bulk supplier. ~~ grnspot

  4. #4
    Super Star Member dave1949's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    10,881
    Location
    Industry, Maine
    Tractor
    New Holland TC40

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    Quote Originally Posted by grnspot110 View Post
    Around here, I wouldn't use wood chips close to a building. Termites!!! I prefer colored river rock, look around for a bulk supplier. ~~ grnspot
    Even up north, they can harbor carpenter ants or termites. I wouldn't use just plain wood chips around a house foundation without treating them and I am not a fan of using chemicals unnecessarily such as this use where plenty of good alternatives are available.

    I don't know if the cedar bark mulches are a natural repellent?
    Dave.
    "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end ..."
    When there is a huge solar energy spill, it is called a "nice day"!

  5. #5
    Gold Member Mounted Madness's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    423
    Location
    Cobble Hill, British Columbia
    Tractor
    2014 BX2370 as of today

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    The use of rock or wood chips is often just a matter of asthetics. What look are you trying to get.

    The benefit to wood chips are they are a natural mulch, will keep weeds down and can be obtained in different colours. They help keep the soil moist as well, so if there's a dry period this summer (not likely from the last 3-4 years), watering can be reduced.

    Using stone has its benefits as previously described. You can pretty much put it down and not worry about it. Come fall, you can use a leaf blower to clean up. Using a ground cloth, weeds are surpressed (though they will grow on a dust ball if given the chance). Any weeds that spring forth, are usually easily plucked out of whatever they are growing from.

    The downside to stone is heat sensitive plantings. Minnesota is warmer then Manitoba, and you may end up dehydrating the plants you put into a garden using stone mulch. The stone retains the heat and reflects it into the plant - kind of a double whammy, so be cautious with less then hardy plants.

    There is a caution with respect to wood chips/mulch. With the amount of flooding we've had across the continent, be very aware as to the source of any mulch you may buy. The mulch may come from trees that have been poisoned by chemicals released during flooding, absorbed said chemicals and then cut down and 'chipped'. Imagine your wood chips contaminated with herbicides. Not good for the garden.

    You can use wood mulch in a vegetable garden, but if there are chemicals in it, they can leach into the plants. Same idea as composting animal and human waste and throwing it 'unseasoned' into your food supply. Not a good plan, but not uncommon in China though....hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    I use grass clippings in my vegetable garden as a heavy mulch. I know there are no pesticides or herbicides in the clippings, and it works back into the soil as a composting fertilizer...and it saves me money.

    There, more information then you asked for...
    2008 - 2011 BX24 with 9" auger, back blade and post driver (traded BX24)
    2011 - 2013 B3030HSDC with q/a FEL; 3pt snowblower; ballast box; 9" auger; back blade (sold B3030HSDC)
    2014 - 2014 BX2370 with q/a FEL/forks; ballast box

  6. #6
    Veteran Member Runner's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    1,682
    Location
    Missouri
    Tractor
    John Deere 2520, 1989 John Deere 185, 1960 Panzer T70B

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    I use rock around the house and mulch around trees that are not close to the house. I decided on decorative rock instead of mulch for several reasons:

    1. Rock stays in place (doesn't blow around like mulch can).
    2. Rock doesn't rot or need to be replenished like wood mulch.
    3. Rock doesn't attract termites.

    I put down landscape fabric first, then rock over that and it works great.

    As for a border, I like to dig down a little and sink rocks into the ground for a border. I run the landscape fabric down into the "channel" for the rocks, then put the rocks in. This holds the edge of the fabric in place and keeps weeds from growing between the rocks. The border rocks sit level with the top of the ground, so I can drive right over them with the mower.

    I should probably add, I have a good supply of small/medium sized rocks to use for border material on the property. If I didn't have all that, I'd probably be finding some other type of material for a border. I've used the plastic stuff before, but not a big fan of it. I don't like wood for borders because of rot and termites.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -landscaping-4-30-07-003-a   -img_1399-jpg  
    Runner

  7. #7
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    737
    Location
    Saltspring Island, BC, Canada
    Tractor
    Kubota L3130HST

    Default

    Interesting article on termite survival characteristics in various types of mulch.

    http://guelph.ca/uploads/PBS_Dept/bu...of%20Mulch.pdf

  8. #8
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    2,992
    Location
    Meridian Idaho
    Tractor
    Kubota B7100D

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    They both have their downsides;

    Bark/wood chips decompose and must be put down every couple of years to keep them looking good. As mentioned they also blow away easily but actually help the soil while they are there.

    Rocks collect dust and dirt on top of the underlying fabric and that is all you need for weeds to get started.

    Either way you are going to have some maintenance to do.

  9. #9
    Gold Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    315
    Location
    Minnesota
    Tractor
    '07 Kubota BX2350

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    Thanks for the great replies. I believe we'll stick with using rock for the reasons mentioned. We do use chips around the yard trees.

    Any other suggestions on edging? I've looked at the rectangular blocks thinking that they'll work better for keeping the rocks in place but I'm concerned about the blocks getting knocked out of place with the mower.
    '07 BX2350, FEL w/ toothbar, 60" MMM, 5' KK back blade, BX2750C front snowblower, 42" home built disc, carry all

  10. #10
    Platinum Member ustmd's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    557
    Location
    Manor, TX (outside of Austin)
    Tractor
    Kioti CK25

    Default Re: Landscaping: Wood chips or rocks? Edging?

    Quote Originally Posted by fish6942 View Post
    Any other suggestions on edging? I've looked at the rectangular blocks thinking that they'll work better for keeping the rocks in place but I'm concerned about the blocks getting knocked out of place with the mower.

    I have rock around the house. Originally, I used landscape timbers laid on the ground and held down by rebar driven through.

    When we did our addtion two years ago, I refreshed the rock and redid the edging with the metal edging you can get at the big box stores. Nothing wrong with the old timbers, I was just looking for a cleaner look.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. reduce heating bill with Wood Stove
    By Michelle K linnane in forum Projects
    Replies: 276
    Last Post: 11-20-2013, 06:52 PM
  2. mixing green and seasoned wood
    By blackie65 in forum Chainsaws
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 03-21-2011, 03:48 PM
  3. supplemental wood heat
    By b249 in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 31
    Last Post: 11-05-2002, 09:10 AM
  4. Any Uses For Wood Chips?
    By Harv in forum Rural Living
    Replies: 33
    Last Post: 07-29-2002, 11:34 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.