Whats the best- Sand vs. Red Mulch?

Sue Mat Hov
by Sue Mat Hov
Like the look of a sandy beach being here in mid central Florida. Bed may look good with sand, but is it the best way to go?
whats the best sand vs red mulch
  8 answers
  • Jayjay Jayjay on May 29, 2017
    Sand can be used but will require frequent cleaning and raking. Leaves,etc have to be removed frequently. Weeds can be controlled with weed killer. If you don't mind the upkeep can be a beautiful addition to your landscape. Visit Zen or meditation gardens for ideas.

  • Marcie Marcie on May 29, 2017
    Lay down black plastic, and the sand is not too much of a problem with weeds. I think sand would look beautiful. I tend to stay away from mulches that have a coloring to them - they're not natural, and they tend to fade, or lose their color.

  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on May 29, 2017
    Dust and dirt blow onto any ground cover, and those darn weeds find a way to germinate and grow on anything!

  • Alradborn Alradborn on May 30, 2017
    Florida soil tends to have a lot of sand in soil already, unless you dig it all out. Sand brings no nutrients to the garden. If you have long term plants like the palm I see in the bed, wooded mulch will at least do that.

  • The palm tree would benefit best from some sort of natural mulch. Then place a border around it to keep contained then use sand for the rest. In the sand portion I would add solar lights and/or a few garden art items or large rocks or boulders.

  • Susan Matejka Susan Matejka on May 30, 2017
    I decided to go with the red mulch that I had bought. Looks great.

  • Mm221434200 Mm221434200 on May 30, 2017
    The sand may attract cats looking for a litter box. First put down black garden fabric (plastic will not allow rain to flow and may cause the ground underneath to sour or mold) then use red or black rubber mulch. It may cost a little more but doesn't need to be replaced or stained and it's much easier on your hands. It looks better too.

    • Jan17454615 Jan17454615 on Jun 03, 2017
      Add to your soil, your coffeegrounds and used teabags. They will add nutrients and tends to keep the cats out of the flower beds. Think of all those coffee grounds you throw in the trash. I have started to cut open my used coffee pods after about a week and put in a jar. Amazing how they add up. If you use the pods that are made with filter material instead of all plastic, you might be able to just put the whole pod in the ground but, I still like to por them and collect the grounds

  • Becky Becky on Jun 01, 2017
    Looks great. I like your decision.