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Question DetailsAsked on 11/10/2013

Can someone provide a rough guess as to how much it should cost to replace mulch with 1 1/2 inch brown egg rock?

How much (ballpark) should it cost to have a landscaping company:
- Remove mulch from 324 sq. ft. area
- Add in a weed mat (to protect against weed growth)
- Install 2 yards (54 cubic feet) of brown (1 & 1/2 inches) egg rock at 2 inches depth where mulch use to be and pitch away from the house for proper drainage?

I was advised by a restoration company (who assisted with a bathroom insurance claim) that I should do this as it not good to have mulch against stucco. They advised mulch retains moisture. They also pointed out that my mulch is incorrectly pitched towards the house, which is making water retention destructive to foundation and stucco.

Also, does having rock instead of mulch cause an issue in Florida heat with plants?

Thanks so much!

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IT is not the pitch of the mulch or rock that counts - it is the pitch of the underlying low permeability soil that matters. You should pull the mulch back - both to eliminate moisture along the house and to deter insect migration into your house, then slope and compact the ground from house to at leat 3 and preferably 5 feet away from the house so it slopes at least 2% (1/4 inch per foot) and preferably 10% (roughly 1 inch per foot) to where it will stay away from the house and run off. THEN you can mulch or put down rock or landscape as you will, keeping at leat 6 inches and preferably 12 inches from the house, with nothing in that open space except maybe a fine stone or gravel to inhibit weed growth - about 2-3 inches will cut them almost completely. And keep that border material at least 4 inches below top of foundation or bottom of siding, whichever is lower.


You will have to call a landscaper on egg rock cost - I would guess probably about $50-75/CY in place by a Landscaper (who can do the other work too) assuming you do not have tough access, but maybe a lot more if it is not readily locally sourced in your area.


I would skip the weed barrier - only works for a year or so anyway. A heavy (10+ mil) plastic pond liner membrane would do more good there, to run the water away. However, if you have termite issues in your immediate neighborhood, maybe that would not be a good idea, as it provides better conditions for the termites to move to the house.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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